Following death last month of Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission worker William McGuigan in a work-zone crash in Chester County and reports of vehicles entering work zones or narrowly missing workers, the state transportation officials have called on drivers to use caution and obey laws in work zones.
Drivers in work zones must obey speed limits and be aware of the presence of workers. “It can mean life or death for our employees,” commission CEO Mark Compton said.
Through June 23 this year, PennDOT has reported 10 incidents resulting in staff injury or equipment damage, as well as 32 “near misses” due to public vehicles inappropriately entering work zones or disobeying flaggers or traffic control devices.
In 2013, there were more than 1,800 crashes in Pennsylvania work zones, compared to more than 1,600 in 2012. Sixteen people were killed in work-zone crashes in 2013, five fewer than in 2012.