SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A PennDOT worker was struck by a car while cleaning up storm damage. The driver now faces charges after fleeing the scene.
According to the Scranton Police Department, a PennDOT worker was hit near Newton Road and Price Street by a car Monday morning.
PennDOT said the employee suffered injuries that required medical attention and transportation to a local hospital.
Workers were actively working on Newton Road, repairing damage caused by severe storms that forced residents from their homes on Saturday night.
Investigators say the driver, later identified as Harold Nealon, fled the scene and was later arrested at McDade Park. At this time officers have issued charges against Nealon.
Based on the investigation, Nealon ignored “Road Closed” signs, refused to stop for PennDOT workers, and continued driving on a closed road in an active work zone after striking a worker
PennDOT Engineering District 4 Assistant District Executive of Maintenance, Jonathan Eboli, P.E issued a statement:
We are reminding motorists to drive safely in work zones after an incident on Newton Road in Scranton, in an active work zone following this weekend’s severe weather event.
Work zones may be a temporary inconvenience, but these workers all deserve to get home safely.
Please slow down and never drive distracted, especially in work zones where employees are working in close proximity to traffic. Additionally, roadway conditions can change every day.”Jonathan Eboli, PennDOT Engineering District 4 Assistant District Executive of Maintenance
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