Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Work zone injury collision in Seattle mangles vehicles and the early morning commute

By Lisa Van Cise

The Wednesday morning commute on northbound I-5 in downtown Seattle began with scenes of twisted metal and emergency vehicles responding to a collision in one of our work zones. This is yet another reminder of the risks our crews take on the job each day, and the responsibility we all have to stay focused and take the wheel without impairment.

Contractor construction crews were finishing concrete repair work on the freeway near Mercer Street when a driver entered the work zone and collided with a construction truck. The collision totaled both vehicles and trapped the driver.
The scene on northbound I-5 near Mercer Street in Seattle Wednesday morning after a vehicle rear-ended a construction vehicle in a closed work zone.

The collision left two construction workers who were in a construction truck with minor injuries while medics took the driver of the pickup to the hospital. The Washington State Patrol is investigating the collision as a possible DUI.

Three right lanes of northbound I-5 were blocked for several hours, causing a 3-mile backup during the early morning commute. All lanes were open by 5:10 a.m.
Two contract construction workers were injured with a vehicle ran into their truck inside a work zone Wednesday morning.

The people who work on the highway deserve to get home safely each day. That means that those behind the wheel need to slow down and pay attention.

The timing of this crash is particularly poignant, because we're just days away from April and our Work Zone Safety Awareness month. This is a time we will remember workers who lost their lives on the job in work zone-related activities and remind the community of how to keep everyone safe in and around our work zones. Please remember to slow down and be alert whenever traveling near a work zone – lives may depend on it.