Two Injured During Crittenden Road Work
By WestKyStar Staff
MATTOON, KY - Two Kentucky Transportation Cabinet employees were treated and released from Crittenden County Hospital Thursday, after they were struck by a vehicle involved in a work zone crash on US Highway 60 east of Marion.
The driver of one of the vehicles involved has been released from the hospital, but a deputy jailer who was supervising a jail work crew at the site was still in the hospital early Friday, because of a suspected concussion.
A westbound SUV collided with an unloaded eastbound log truck in the work zone along US 60 in the Mattoon community near the 16 mile marker. The SUV skidded out of control, striking a highway crew support vehicle and hitting the two highway workers, as well as the deputy jailer.
Several other workers at the site were missed by the skidding SUV. The truck driver was not injured.
The crash caused a leak in the truck fuel tank, spreading diesel fuel along about a 100-yard section of highway. The spill clean up kept traffic at the site restricted to one lane for about two hours.
The work zone was to allow highway personnel and the jail work crew to clear brush along the roadway.
The Crittenden County Sheriff's Department is investigating the crash. KYTC safety personnel will conduct a follow-up safety review of the work zone incident.
Information provided by Keith Todd, spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Department.