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Friday, October 1, 2010

PennDOT Worker Killed, Second Worker Injured in McKean County

PennDOT Worker Killed, Second Worker Injured in McKean County

Clearfield, PA – A PennDOT worker, Jack Griffin, 51, of Bradford, was killed today when a vehicle crashed into a work zone on State Route 646 in Foster Township, McKean County.

“It is difficult to lose a member of our PennDOT family,” said Ron Keim, assistant district executive for maintenance in PennDOT Engineering District 2. “Our thoughts are with with Jack’s family and friends as they face this sudden and devastating loss.”

Griffin was a flag-person during a pipe replacement operation this morning when a northbound vehicle came through the work zone and struck him. The vehicle then traveled further into the work zone, striking another PennDOT employee, 13-year veteran Jim Burrows. Griffin died at the scene and Burrows was reported to be in stable condition at Hamot Medical Center in Erie.

Griffin was the 82nd PennDOT employee killed in the line of duty since 1970 and the third to die this year. Earlier this year, PennDOT workers Thomas Allen, 57, of Lebanon County and Richard Bentel, 43, of Lawrence County died in the line of duty.


Today’s fatality marks the first time a PennDOT District 2 employee died in a work-related incident. District 2 covers Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin and Potter counties.

To honor Griffin, Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E., ordered all Pennsylvania state flags at PennDOT facilities to fly at half-staff for five days beginning Monday, Oct. 4.

“This tragedy prompts us again to urge all drivers to slow down as they approach work zones,” Biehler said.

Information on work zone safety is available at PennDOT’s website www.DriveSafePA.org by clicking first on the heading for “Traffic Safety Information Center” and then “Work Zone.”

11 comments :

Anonymous said...

my heart goes out to the Griffin family. so sorry for your loss! Jim, you have alot of people saying prayers for you right now stay strong!!

Anonymous said...

Ever notice how many incidents that there is that are in this township. Maybe they ought to consider thier own police.

Anonymous said...

I hope they lock this guy up and throw away the key. An example needs to be made. NOTHING he was doing was so important that he shouldn't be slowing way down in construction zones. His self imposed "importance" that means he doesn't have to live by the rules just cost someone their life.

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to these familys. This was a death that could have been avoided. God bless these familys.

Anonymous said...

Flagers have a very dangerous job. I hope the driver wasn't talking on a cell phone or texting. Our prayers go out to his family.

Anonymous said...

he should get life for vehicular manslaunter on two accounts

Anonymous said...

My husband is a state employee and I dread everytime he says he has to flag traffic. People need to slow down and pay attention in these work zones. My heart and prayers go out to both of these families. The state police need to be at the work zones and watch how some of the people drive. This is a terrible accident because of someone's stupidity.

Anonymous said...

amen some people need to pay att.so sad doing his job some jackass prolly texting or sexting killed a hard worker pisses me off. when they say slow down ahead slow down thats why i always stay waaaay back from flagmen that way if i get hit ffrom behind maybe i can at least save the flagman god love you ...i pray ffor u ,

mee said...

he should get life for vehicular manslaunter on two accounts

Anonymous said...

People really don't pay attention. It doesn't matter if there are flashing yellow lights or even red lights.I,myself,have almost been hit several times flagging for our Fire Department.Our prayers go out to these mens' families.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts go out to these families. To have your loved one go off to work and think it is just an ordinary day then to find out he will never be coming home.I can't even imagine the pain the Griffin family is feeling.For the Burrows family I hope and pray you have healing. I also think of the co-workers of these men and the sadness they must be feeling. Just think what it must be like for them to return to the job site. God bless all of you!!!!