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Friday, October 15, 2010

PennDOT Worker Moving Memorial in McKean County through October

Memorial is a reminder of lives lost and to slow down in work zones

Clearfield – PennDOT representatives, joined by the McKean County American Legion Riders Adopt-A-Highway group, welcomed the PennDOT Worker Moving Memorial to McKean County this afternoon. The memorial is set up at the McKean County PennDOT building at 300 Bingham Rd., Cyclone. It will remain in Cyclone through the end of October.

The memorial honors the 82 PennDOT employees who have lost their lives since 1970, while on duty in work zones. The 82nd unit in the memorial was added following the Oct. 1 death of Jack Griffin of Bradford. Griffin was the third PennDOT worker to die on the job this year.

Griffin was working as a flag-person along Route 646 in Foster Township, McKean County, when he was struck by a vehicle. A second PennDOT worker was injured in the crash.

The memorial was created by PennDOT’s District 3 to remember workers who were killed. It also serves as a reminder for motorists to slow down in work zones.

The McKean County American Legion Riders announced that the group is planning a highway pickup Sunday, Oct. 17, in Griffin’s honor.

For everyone’s safety, motorists should keep the following tips in mind when encountering a work zone.
• Drive the posted work-zone speed limit.
• Stay alert and pay close attention to signs and flaggers.
• Turn on your headlights if signs instruct you to do so.
• Maintain a safe distance between vehicles. Don’t tailgate.
• Use four-way flashers when stopped or traveling slowly.
• Avoid distractions and give your full attention to the road.
• Expect the unexpected.
• Be patient.
PennDOT employees are not the only ones out working on the state’s highways and roadways. Motorists could encounter private contractors and utility workers as well as emergency responders such as firefighters, police officers and EMS workers. PennDOT reminds motorists to buckle up and obey the posted speed limit. Before heading out, motorists can log on to or call 511 from any phone to
check traffic conditions on many Pennsylvania roadways.

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


Anonymous said...

Once again I ask, have charges been filed in this case? We heard that the driver, after hitting the second worker, jumped out of the car and began screaming that they should have had a flagman out, not even realizing that the flagman was already dead! He was texting!!! Is all this true? Has there been a name released or an arrest? I looked on this blog but didn't find any answers.

Solomon's words for the wise said...

Here's a link to the story as released by the state police.
WEe've received nothing on charges for the driver as of yet