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Worker Struck, Killed In Northeast Ohio Construction Zone | Ohio Ne...

There are 8 comments on the 10TV WBNS story from Jul 28, 2010, titled Worker Struck, Killed In Northeast Ohio Construction Zone | Ohio Ne.... In it, 10TV WBNS reports that:

A construction worker has been struck and killed while on the job along an interstate highway in Northeast Ohio.

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construction wife

Findlay, OH

#1 Jul 28, 2010
my husband has worked for road crews for about 13 or so years, i have never been terriffied to send my husband to work i am now first eric now another worker its getting out of hand i have emiled odot and every news station about speed limits in const. zones. no one will respond back but odot and all they did was give me an exert from the traffic control manual. I WANT TO KNOW as a concerned wife of a construction worker how many more families must go thru tragedy before ohio puts into law -20 mph in a construction zone or a 100,000.00 fine for reckless op in a zone or something to wake ppl up because takeing a human life is not enough to make ppl realize to pay attention to roads and not just your driving other ppl on the road. these hard working guys and gals have wifes husbands kids moms dads brothers and sisters thier someones childhood friends they even could be your neighbor .
onyourside

Marysville, OH

#2 Jul 28, 2010
I completely understand what you're talking about. If I had family in the construction business at this time I'd be terrified too! Don't give up! Keep contacting these people and keep pushing until something happens. Laws are changed everyday because people fight until it happens. Call 6 on your side!!
Beach Bum

Chillicothe, OH

#3 Jul 29, 2010
What is the deal with these drivers??? Do they think that it's ok to drive like a maniac and not pay attention to laws regarding construction zones?? Regardless of what time it is, people need to be careful! It is so heartbreaking to read stories about a worker getting hurt or killed simply because someone else was being careless. What a shame. God be with this individual's family during this time.
Educated Fool

Austin, TX

#4 Jul 29, 2010
My father-in-law used to be a contruction worker with Laborers 530 and he has told me horror stories about guys getting mowed over by drivers not paying attention.

He said that 45 mph is plenty slow enough through contruction zones. These idiots that are killing people are going WAY over the 45 mph limit.

I know it may not make sense with all the contruction projects we have going on right now, but if the Highway Patrol would set up one trooper at the entrance of the construction zone with his beacon on, it would slow a lot of people down.

Many people are just driving along, not paying attention and don't realize they are in a construction zone until it's too late, especially after dark. Those red and blue lights would go a long way toward saving people's lives.

If it saves the lives of 2 workers (as is the death toll so far this summer) it is worth the extra tax dollars.
cant spell

Reynoldsburg, OH

#5 Jul 29, 2010
People see better during the day then at night.
volenna

Chesapeake, OH

#6 Jul 29, 2010
I have been a flagger for an asphalt paving crew for almost 20 years. I could tell you some horror stories. We were paving a state route in southern Ohio and I had traffic stopped waiting for traffic from my flagger on the other end. A small pickup came flying up behind my traffic, hitting the last car in the rear. An elderly man was pinned between the front and rear seats of the car he hit. The front end of his truck was stuck in the trunk of the car. The State Trooper estimated he was travelling 50 MPH on impact. The man driving the pickup was texting on his cellphone. I was in the middle of the road waving my arms trying to get his attention. When I knew he was going to hit, I ran to the side of the road. There were no skid marks because the man NEVER hit his brakes. Then we find out he didn't have insurance and couldn't produce a drivers license. That is just one incident in my 20 years of working on the highway. I have had to jump into ditches, over guardrails, etc. to get away from drivers that have no regard for workers on the highways. Laws need to be changed to protect highway workers.
SLOW DOWN

Columbus, OH

#7 Jul 29, 2010
It is just awful that families have to go through the pain of losing a loved one. Here is an idea: Lets say your going through a construction zone and you get caught, the penalty should be a 1 million dollar fine, loss of your DL, and you must work 6 months for the construction company as a flagger, now you who speed through them, maybe you would slow down, then again stupid is as stupid does, so I guess not. The other question I have 10TV reported a few weeks back about a constructon worker killed here in the central Ohio area, they found the car, but never released who is was, and I believe still have not as of today. Who was it, I am sure family has been notified or is someone hiding something, like maybe the fact that it is someone of some high importance. Again slow down in the constuction zones, or maybe it might be best we finish the ones we have and not do any more ever again, maybe forcing all to drive on a bad road will teach us all a lesson.
Lisa

Columbus, OH

#8 Jul 30, 2010
Educated Fool wrote:
My father-in-law used to be a contruction worker with Laborers 530 and he has told me horror stories about guys getting mowed over by drivers not paying attention.
He said that 45 mph is plenty slow enough through contruction zones. These idiots that are killing people are going WAY over the 45 mph limit.
I know it may not make sense with all the contruction projects we have going on right now, but if the Highway Patrol would set up one trooper at the entrance of the construction zone with his beacon on, it would slow a lot of people down.
Many people are just driving along, not paying attention and don't realize they are in a construction zone until it's too late, especially after dark. Those red and blue lights would go a long way toward saving people's lives.
If it saves the lives of 2 workers (as is the death toll so far this summer) it is worth the extra tax dollars.
Most of the time the do have police officers with them, but that still does not seem to get there attention people are just in a hury to get no were fast and they do not care who they mow over in the process. they take every measure to be safe out there, but the problem is we are in there way and that upsets them because they have to slow done. But when someone gets hurt or killed than its to late.

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