DOT truck involved in highway crash on Tuesday - WFSB 3 Connecticut

DOT truck involved in highway crash on Tuesday

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A Department of Transportation dump truck was involved in a crash on Interstate 95 in Old Lyme Tuesday.

Walt Hunt, a DOT crew leader, posted to social media that luckily, his coworker saw the vehicle coming towards the truck.

"He was able to quickly act and run for safety before the vehicle hit the truck," Hunt said in the post. "Debris flew and hit him as he was running away from danger."

An air horn rang out letting the crews know that there had been an incident.

"Then I heard a loud crashing noise and then my coworker running to almost falling down from being hit from debris, this accident was a close to home knowing we all want to go home at night to see our family and loved ones," Hunt continued.

Hunt ended the post by pleading with drivers to pay attention on the road.

"Please put down the phone, pay attention to the signs," he said. "They are telling you what's up ahead that you can not see."

The incident happened between exits 70 and 71 on the northbound side around 12:15 p.m.

No serious injuries were reported. The driver of the car involved suffered a medical episode and passed out, according to officials. No DOT workers were hurt.

In Danielson on Tuesday, a car hit a DOT line painting truck, and the cause of that incident is under investigation.

"We need to work harder on getting people to understand the perils of distracted driving. We're trying to fix all are roads a big transportation initiative.  There are going to be obstructions," said State Senator Paul Formica, who said drivers aren't paying attention.

The DOT is managing hundreds of road projects this time of year, not just on the interstates but also state highways.

"When you see the work zone signs, when you see the trucks on the side of the road, you need to take it easy, you need to slow it down you need to move over and give them space if you can do so safely," said DOT spokesperson Kevin Nursick.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10 percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of the crash.

Over the past several decades, 37 Connecticut DOT workers were killed on the job in work zones.

As we approach the busy summer driving season, state police are reminding drivers that any moving violation in a work zone the fines are double. So that texting fine of $200 is $400 while $167 for speeding is $334.

For more information on work zone traffic laws, click here

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