DOH worker injured in work zone accident

KEGLEY, W.Va. — A state Division of Highways worker was hit by a passing motorist while holding a sign Monday morning in Mercer County.

The man, 54, was working with a crew on state Route 20 at the intersection of Bartley Lane and Shawnee Baptist Church in Kegley when the accident occurred, state DOH spokesman Brent Walker said.

The motorist, who was driving a pick-up truck, didn’t stop immediately but did return to the accident scene. The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department is investigating.

Reports indicate the worker, who has been with the DOH for about seven years, may have suffered a broken leg.

The crew was working on ditch lines in the area, Walker said.

“When you see signs that say ‘Road Work Ahead’ just slow down,” Walker said. “These are preventable and it’s very frustrating to us.”

The DOH has seen a spike in work zone accidents this year.

“We’ve certainly had our share of injuries and fatalities. More than we ever want to see,” Walker said.

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