A dark week for traffic safety

News October 15, 2001
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As a rise in work-zone fatalities between 1999 and 2000 was announced last week, National Transportation Safety Board officials

As a rise in work-zone fatalities between 1999 and 2000 was announced last week, National Transportation Safety Board officials joined state police in Pennsylvania to investigate a tragic accident in Beaver County that killed five workers.


According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, William McClelland, owner of McClelland's White Hall Farms, lost control of his delivery truck, veering sharply to the left and slamming into three construction barrels before striking the workers. The truck then hit the medial barrier before flipping onto its roof. The victims were in a work zone near the Vanport Bridge.


Investigators examined the scene Thursday, focusing on the possibility of brake failure. There were no skid marks at the site of the accident.


Late last week the American Traffic Safety Services Association released 2000 work-zone fatality stats which showed 1,093 deaths in the year. In 1999, 868 fatalities were reported.


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