A fatal accident that happened this past week in Schuylkill County is a tragic reminder to all drivers: pay particular attention for work crews during warm-weather months.
According to an article on the RepublicanHerald.com, a Pine Grove Township road worker was killed on Thursday morning when he was struck by a vehicle. An investigation into the accident is continuing, but initial reports say the truck was following a right curve when the driver first saw the road worker, who was either standing or walking in the middle of the road.
PennDOT urges drivers to pay attention for work crews during construction season, particularly the warm-weather months. Traffic often increases on rural roads since many drivers prefer to stay off major roads and highways when construction is under way.
In the article, Joseph O’Donnelly, a traffic safety coordinator with North Central Highway Safety Network in Pottsville, said, “Road workers are at risk anywhere, any time they are on or near the road. Drivers have to expect the unexpected all the time.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the township worker. We urge everyone who is travelling this summer to stay aware of road construction crews and reduce your speed when going through construction areas.