It was a scary moment for an Ohio Department of Transportation crew on U- 23 in Marion County as a driver crashed into a zone where they were working.
Four crew members suffered minor injuries according to O-DOT.
“All those employees looked and saw what was going to occur. said Shawn Rostorfer with O-DOT. “A vehicle struck that back of the attenuator truck and also the pickup truck.”
Rostorfer said the crew was out fixing potholes and believes the attenuator, also known as a crash truck, saved their lives.
O-DOT crews place crash trucks out behind where they are working as a layer of safety.
“The purpose of that piece of equipment is to absorb the impact in the case that we get struck from behind by a vehicle,” said Rostorfer. “The attenuator did perform as it was expected to and in this situation, we were very fortunate none of our workers that were out there today were seriously injured.”
He adds this is all a part of the training process of all O-DOT road workers.
“Our employees are sent through training to know how to set up those zones and our managers look at those zones to make sure they are set up correctly to provide that safe buffer for our employees to be able to be out there to work. There are vehicles that are on the shoulder that are advising motorist that there’s something up ahead, there’s an action that needs to take place, you need to move over, and then right in that lane of work there is that attenuator that is there for the protection of those workers.”
With the sight of more orange barrels and construction zones popping up, the message from O-DOT is simple.
“You need to move over, slow down, give those workers that space that they need to perform the work that needs done.”