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Pennsylvania highway worker killed by tractor-trailer


Highways and turnpikes in Pennsylvania require construction work and maintenance on a regular basis. With vehicles constantly rushing by at high speeds, however, workers at construction sites often find themselves in dangerous situations. As a result, construction injuries are not uncommon at these sites.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike recently witnessed a tragic construction accident when a worker, while engaged in construction work in a closed lane, was hit by an oncoming tractor-trailer. He later died of his injuries. Another construction worker was injured in the accident, but survived.

A representative from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has since issued a message to drivers, reminding them to drive slower through construction zones. This warning applies to both permanent construction zones displaying concrete barriers or orange cones, as well as temporary zones.

Due to a new transportation funding bill, the number of work zones along Pennsylvania roads is likely to rise, and drivers will have to continually exercise caution. Police plan to keep a watch on construction zones with radar guns to catch drivers speeding through the zones.

In Pennsylvania, fines for driving offenses in work zones are doubled. In addition, an additional five years can be added to a prison sentence for vehicular homicide if the accident took place in a construction zone.

When a construction worker is killed in an on-the-job accident, surviving family members are often left without a means of support. Pennsylvania's workers' compensation system provides for death benefits for families. The benefits cover a portion of the deceased worker's income.

Source: WITF.org, "After Turnpike accident, a reminder to slow down in work zones," Ben Allen, June 6, 2014

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