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Worker Killed by Vehicle in Highway Construction Zone

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According to ABC 7 Chicago, a construction worker died after being hit by an SUV while working in a construction zone on the highway in Hobart, Indiana.

Crash Remains Under Investigation

Police say a driver in a black SUV struck a construction barrel on Interstate 65 south of Ridge Road around 9:35 a.m. local time. The driver moved from the left lane to the middle lane behind an 18-wheeler before drifting into the right lane.

According to ABC 7 Chicago, the right lane was closed off with construction barrels, and the driver struck another barrel before crashing into the worker. The worker, Brandon Beau Dewayne Fiscus, 35, was working on a patch for the pavement when he was struck.

Fiscus was tossed over the black SUV and was struck head-on by another vehicle, throwing Fiscus 100 feet onto the road. ABC 7 Chicago reports that Fiscus died of massive blunt force trauma at the scene of the accident.

Police say the stretch has been a construction zone for months and has been marked with barrels, cones, and signs. According to ABC 7 Chicago, Fiscus worked for E & B Paving and leaves behind two children.

Work Zone Crash Statistics

The following information is provided by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA):

  • In 2013, 67,523 crashes occurred in work zones in the United States.
  • 579 people died in work zone crashes in 2013.
    • Speeding was a factor in 28% of these fatalities.
  • Workplace fatalities that occur at a road construction site typically account for 1.5% to 3% of all workplace fatalities annually. In 2010, 106 workers died at roadway construction sites.
    • Of these fatalities at roadway construction sites in 2010, 48% were from run-overs/back-overs, often by dump trucks.

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