One Worker Killed, One Injured in Pa. Turnpike Accident
Details of the Fatal Pennsylvania Turnpike Accident
The accident happened at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning between mile markers 314 and 316 on the westbound side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. A tractor-trailer entered the right lane which had been closed for maintenance and struck two workers.
William McGuigan, 61, was killed in the accident. Foreman Steve Rudzik was also injured in the crash and was treated for injuries at Paoli Hospital. The driver of the tractor-trailer was also transported to a nearby hospital for undisclosed injuries.
Investigators and clean-up crews closed the westbound section of the turnpike from Valley Forge to Downingtown for most of the day Sunday.
Pa. Work Zone Safety Facts
- According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transporation (PennDOT), between 1970 and 2010, an estimated 82 PennDOT workers were killed in work zone traffic crashes.
- In 2010 alone there were 1884 work zone crashes which resulted in 22 fatalities.
- That same year, there were 580 work zone violations which resulted in the suspension of a driver’s privileges.
- Nationwide, it is estimated that a worker is injured every 13 minutes.