ROADS/BRIDGES: West Virginia DOH worker dies while on foot in highway work zone

The West Virginia Department of Highways said the worker was pinned against a state truck on U.S. Route 50 and died from serious leg injuries. 

Safety News June 12, 2015
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A state Division of Highways (DOH) worker was killed in a work zone after being struck by an “out-of-control” vehicle in Wood County, W.V., on U.S. Route 50.
 
Police said Randall W. Bland, 49, died of serious leg injuries and seven other people were taken to hospitals including a second DOH worker who was treated for shock.
 
State DOH spokesman Brent Walker said Bland was pinned between a van and a DOH truck.
 
“A (tanker) truck hit a vehicle, who then hit another vehicle, who hit a van. The van was forced into the work zone where our workers were working and had struck a DOH worker,” Walker said in a statement.
 
Walker also said this type of wreck emphasizes the importance of drivers staying alert in work zones.
 
“Our workers are faced with this everyday and not just our workers but contractors and everybody else. It’s a dangerous job where their office is on the roadway,” Walker said.

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