“Construction Worker hit, killed on I-77…”

This fatality occurred less than 30 minutes south of our offices.

From the article:

“”When he looked back up he went off the right side of the road and he struck the worker, pushing him into the Kokosing truck and then he flew thirty, forty additional feet. Where he came to rest, he was dead,” said Chief Richard Mannarino of the Brecksville Police.”

Read the article and watch the video here.  Our condolences to the Costlow family.

“Downtown ramp closings, detours lead to dramatic increase in wrecks”

We blogged about this back on the 31st.  Scroll down! Or, click here:  “Welcome to ‘Crawlumbus'”.

From the article today:  

“Crashes in the I-71/670 construction zone have increased nearly five-fold since the first ramps closed in late September…Crews have gone out twice in recent weeks to install additional signs and electronic message boards, and in coming weeks the speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph…”

Can they hear us in Columbus?  Maybe if we shout…


“State Police Begin Crackdown on Speeding in Work Zones”

From the article:

“With help from a $180,000 federal grant, additional traffic patrols will be enforcing the reduced speed limits.”

And this:  

“Last year, 40 police officers were injured at highway work zones. Twenty-seven have been injured so far this year…”

May we recommend a traffic safety countermeasure device that would supplement this program, and perhaps prove less costly and safer? 

Why, it’s our RoadQuake Temporary Rumble Strip, of course.  RoadQuake alerts drivers to changing road conditions, especially distracted drivers.

“Welcome to ‘Crawlumbus’…The first phase of the huge, $1.6 billion project…”

From the article:

“The Ohio Department of Transportation has set up hot lines, websites and social-media accounts to keep people updated on lane closings. But officials warn up front that getting around won’t always be easy. 

“There’s just too much going on in too small a space,” ODOT project manager Brad Jones told Downtown business representatives recently.”


“For highway workers, danger always lurks”

Another follow-up to the tragedy in Minnesota, where 2 workers were killed in an I-35W work zone last Thursday.

From the article:

 “I see a lot of them [drivers] texting, looking at their phones,” said Aaron Ross, 31, a laborer for Shafer Contracting Co…[m]y first year, it was scary…[i]t keeps you on your toes. You’ve got to be constantly aware of what’s going on around you, and hope other people notice you, too.”

“35W construction zone crash victim, Ron Rajkowski, foresaw his death”

A follow-up to a post from yesterday…

From the article:

“He’d say, ‘No, those people when they’re going through a construction zone they’re speeding, they’re racing, or even gawking at accidents. It’s going to happen with a car. I’m going to get hit!”

Read the article and watch the video here.

“Six dead, others injured after van and semi crash near Kit Carson [CO]”

From the article:

“Five children and their foster father were killed today when the van he was driving slammed into the back of a semi-trailer truck near Kit Carson.”

Our condolences to the Mitchell family.

“Road work zones are deadly zones”

Two workers were killed in a work zone on I-35 W, near Burnsville, Minnesota yesterday.

From the article, a warning: 

When you travel down the road and you encounter a work zone, you’re encountering a new environment,” said Kevin Gutknecht, MnDOT spokesman. “It requires that folks slow down and pay attention.”

Our condolences to the Carlson and Rajkowski families.

“Driver killed in high-speed crash with construction truck…”

“SAN ANTONIO — A deadly highway crash left one person dead early Tuesday morning on the city’s northeast side.

The collision happened just before 5 a.m. Tuesday on Loop 410 near Austin Highway in front of the Cowboys Dance Hall.

SAPD officiers said a construction vehicle had been driving along the highway with half of the vehicle in the lane and half on the shoulder as a worker picked up construction barrels.

A driver in a black SUV was traveling in the fast lane and apparently could not slow down in time to avoid the construction truck. The SUV slammed into the truck and then swerved and came to a stop nearby.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the driver as 44-year-old Billy Joe Vaughn. He died at the scene.

Traffic in the area was slowed as the morning rush hour continued.”

Watch the video here.