According to Fox 5 News Atlanta, a Georgia Department of Transportation worker was struck by an oncoming vehicle while working on the side of Interstate 20 on Wednesday night.
The worker was hit while supervising a street sweeping crew just west of Panola Road when a car swerved around them and crashed into the back of a DOT pickup truck. Fortunately, the worker who was struck by the car was inside the pickup, and was not seriously injured.
“People need to be aware out there that those workers have a very difficult job. Their office is the interstate system. You can imagine if you were sitting at your desk and a tractor-trailer was going by at 60 to 70 miles an hour, just within a few feet of you. It is a scary place to be sometimes,” said GDOT employee Mark McKinnon.
GDOT officials remind drivers use extreme caution when passing road workers, and offer the following tips:
- Slow down near work zones
- Do no tailgate
- Read all signs
- Pay attention to road crew flaggers and follow their instructions
- Stay alert
- Always expect the unexpected
- Obey the “move over” law when it comes to emergency vehicles
The driver of the GDOT truck was taken to the hospital, treated, and released Thursday morning. Ironically, this even took place during Work Zone Safety week, a time when the GDOT stresses road safety around their work crews.
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Want more information on this topic? Check out Ty’s article, Georgia Workers’ Comp – Injured in a Wreck.
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