Danger in the Work Zone

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GREENFIELD, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Several PennDOT workers got quite a scare this morning after a different crash on Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County. A tractor trailer wrecked in a work zone just before 10:00 am. Eyewitness News reporter Eric Deabill has the story.

It’s no secret that PennDOT workers have a dangerous job — but that reality hit home Thursday morning as a tractor trailer crashed while in a work zone on Interstate 81 South in Greenfield Township.

A seven-man crew was working on a bridge project when they heard the big rig hit safety barriers just feet away from where they were.

The truck then drifted into the center median, stopping only after hitting a northbound guardrail. 

“The first thing I thought of was one of my coworkers because he just left moments before to head towards one of the crew cabs that you have the picture of. I thought he was pinned between the wall and the crew cab. I didn’t know where his location was” said Joseph Joyce, PennDOT Bridge Crew Employee

Fortunately, that worker was okay but the PennDOT crew cab truck wasn’t so lucky.

Workers say they’re amazed and thankful nobody got hurt.

“My foreman, in the other crew cab, saw it coming and he pulled ahead so he didn’t get hit” added Paul Menendez,  Assistant County Maintenance Manager

As soon as the PennDOT workers realized they were all okay, they ran to the tractor trailer.

“I got the driver out of the truck. The driver was okay, a little disoriented and very wobbly” said Joyce

State police are now investigating exactly what happened.

The truck driver who crashed said another big rig forced him into the safety barriers but left the scene.

Regardless, PennDOT crews say drivers need to slow down and pay attention in work zones which are marked by signs at least two miles ahead of time.

“Safety is our biggest concern. People have to drive safely out here also. All we want to do is get the work done and get home to our families” noted Menendez.

At this time, state police have not yet said if the tractor trailer driver who crashed this morning will face any charges or citations.

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