DOH worker in serious condition following vehicle accident in Wayne County

FORT GAY, W.Va. — A West Virginia Division of Highways worker is among those injured in a vehicle accident in Wayne County on Monday.

The accident occurred Monday morning on Route 52 near the Rebel Mart in Fort Gay when deputies say a driver of a Fed Ex truck swerved to avoid a motorcyclist near a construction project.

The truck clipped the motorcycle and hit the DOH worker, according to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

The DOH worker was holding a sign to warn drivers to slow down near the project and was standing on the side of the road.

WSAZ-TV reports that the FedEx truck dragged the DOH worker for a while. According to the DOH, the 25-year old worker was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center is currently in serious condition.

The driver of the FedEx truck and driver of the motorcycle were also transported to the hospital as their conditions have not been learned.

Department of Transportation Secretary Byrd White has issued the following statement on the accident:

“It is saddens me to think we have a 25-year-old – with his whole life in front of him, and who just started with us about a month ago, hoping to go full-time with the DOT one day – now lying in a hospital bed. Even one accident like this is one too many. There are so many hardworking men and women, who are trying to fix our state’s roads, who should be able to do their job without needing to look over their shoulder every few seconds.

“I know it can be frustrating to drive slower than you’re used to, but our men and women deserve to make it home to their families safely at the end of the day. Today, for one of our workers, that did not happen. My heart breaks and yours should too. I am praying for this man to make a speedy recovery and I am praying that all motorists traveling through West Virginia put themselves in the shoes of our incredible DOT workers and remember to slow down and be alert while driving through work zones.”

The accident remains under investigation.

 

 





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