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2 Construction Workers Fatally Struck by Truck

Destiny Baker2 years ago

Two Indianapolis construction workers were minutes away from finishing their shifts Friday morning when a pickup truck crossed into their work zone along Interstate 69, hitting and killing the two men.

About the Fatal Accident

According to the Indy-Star, the two workers were contracted by Rieth-Riley Construction, a company working with the Indiana Department of Transportation, as part of the “Operation Indy Commute” project.

The men were finishing roadwork in the southbound lanes of I-69 between 82nd and 96th at about 5:45 am when the accident occurred. As the men backed up their truck to hook up an arrow board, 22-year-old Jordan Stafford crashed through the signage, hitting the workers.

The two men were pronounced dead at the scene while Stafford was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries after being extricated from his vehicle. No charges have been filed and the incident remains under investigation.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into the accident.

Work Zone Crash Statistics

  • According to the Federal Highway Administration, there were 87,606 reported crashes in work zones in 2010.
  • More than 500 of those crashes resulted fatality, and 37,476 people were injured due to work zone crashes.
  • Roughly 70 percent of road consecution site fatalities recorded between 2003 and 2007 occurred between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:59 pm.
  • Accidents were most likely to occur when there was active work, but no lane closures.

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