Road crews on Interstate 5 had a bad scare Wednesday night, June 22 in a scene that's becoming all too common in our work zones.
A contractor crew was setting up traffic control devices on a paving project north of Stanwood. At 8:40 p.m., a pickup slammed into a truck mounted attenuator on the project. The crew escaped major injury, but workers were so shaken by the crash – and driver injuries – that work was cancelled for the night.
|Thankfully our attenuator truck did its job during a Wednesday work-zone crash, protecting the road crew from serious injury.|
The crash also blocked all of northbound I-5 for about one hour and caused a significant backup headed into Mt. Vernon.
Thankfully the TMA – a giant, accordion-like buffer between work crews and drivers -- did its job and shielded the workers. But even with this safety device two people were sent to the hospital: the attenuator driver and the pickup driver, who was transported by emergency helicopter. Please join us in keeping both drivers in your thoughts.
|The driver of this vehicle ran into our attenuator truck in a work zone Wednesday night. In 96 percent of Washington|
work zone crashes, the driver, passenger or nearby pedestrians are injured rather than workers.
We wish this was a rare occurrence, but the danger in our work zones is very real. We average 916 work zone injuries a year on state roads. In 2015, nine people died in Washington work zone crashes. And most often, it isn't the workers who are at the most risk. The fact is, 96 percent of people hurt in work zone crashes in our state are drivers, their passengers or passing pedestrians.
It's vital for drivers to slow down and be focused on the road at all times -- for the safety of highway workers but also for themselves and their fellow travelers.
|The driver of the vehicle involved in Wednesday’s work zone collision had to be airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.|
In this case, our attenuator truck did its job, taking the hit so that our workers didn't. But it doesn't always work out that way, as Greg King's story told us. So please, for your sake and those of highway workers, slow down and always be cautious and focused around work zones. We need your help to keep everyone in our work zones safe.