6 freeway staff injured when suspected drunken driver crashes by means of work zone

The motive force of the white SUV plowed by means of a Virginia DOT work zone December 5, injuring six freeway staff. Picture credit score: Virginia State Police

Six freeway staff on Interstate 66 in Arlington, Virginia, had been hospitalized after a suspected drunken driver crashed into their work zone December 5 along with his SUV.

The contractors from Southern Site visitors Companies had been putting in and sustaining traffic-data stations for the Virginia Division of Transportation, in accordance with Ellen Kamilakis, senior public affairs officer with VDOT’s Northern Virginia District.

The crash occurred within the westbound lanes at about 12:30 a.m. The accidents ranged from minor to critical, resembling a head damage, inner bleeding and damaged bones, and a few sufferers had not been discharged from the hospital as of December 6, in accordance with Kamilakis. The accidents are reportedly not life-threatening.

Kevin Lamont Blyther

The motive force of the SUV, Kevin Lamont Blyther, 44, was arrested on expenses of driving beneath the affect, driving with suspended or revoked license, and hit-and-run inflicting damage, in accordance with the Arlington County inmate log. Two individuals within the SUV had tried to run away after the crash however had been stopped by police. Two of the SUV passengers had been injured and brought to the hospital.

The freeway staff and the work zone adopted federal and state security requirements, together with flashing automobile lights, in accordance with Kamilakis.

“They had been all sporting high-visibility clothes,” Kamilakis stated in an e mail. “A Virginia State Police trooper was additionally there with blue lights activated.”

Makes an attempt to succeed in Southern Site visitors Companies for remark had been unsuccessful.

The VDOT’s Northern Virginia District has been gathering tweets from well-wishers for the injured staff.

“We’re actually touched and overwhelmed by the outpouring of assist for our injured mates,” the district tweeted. “Relaxation assured that we’re compiling each single tweet to ship to them as digital get effectively playing cards.”

ICYMI: Want a “Religion in Humanity Restored” second? View the digital get effectively “playing cards” (+ new ones) for the 6 crew members injured in yesterday’s crash on I-66. And pls ship ❤️ to @VSPPIO @ArlingtonVaFD @ArlingtonVaPD for caring for our injured staff!https://t.co/uhn5Ci1hL4

— VDOT Northern VA (@VaDOTNOVA) December 6, 2019

The VDOT additionally reminded the general public by means of social media of the state’s transfer over regulation, which incorporates street staff with automobiles with flashing lights, and the necessity for driver consciousness to maintain street staff protected.

“We will’t say it sufficient,” reads the company’s publish on Fb. “#MoveOver whenever you see crews engaged on the aspect of the freeway (#VDOT, first responders, tow truck drivers). PLEASE:

– drive sober
– don’t drive drowsy
– keep alert
– ditch distractions (cell telephones, meals, make-up)

“The street is our workplace & we need to ship our crews dwelling safely on the finish of their shift.”

For extra on the hazards of street work zones and find out how to make them safer, see Tools World‘s in-depth report “Behind the Skinny Orange Line.”