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Accident: 200075133 - Highway Supervisor Is Killed When Struck By Vehicle

Accident: 200075133 -- Report ID: 0453720 -- Event Date: 10/02/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31666649410/03/20121611Nc/Dot Division Of Highways
At 4:30 a.m. on October 2, 2012, Employee #1, a supervisor employed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT), Division of Highways, and Coworker #1 responded to an emergency call that a tree had fallen across a highway in Watauga County. The tree was blocking both northbound and southbound lanes. Employee #1 and his coworker parked their DOT vehicle 50 to 75 feet away from the tree in the southbound lane. The vehicle's strobe lights and headlights were on. Employee #1 proceeded to cut the tree with a chain saw. As he stood in the northbound lane, a private vehicle being driven in the northbound lane struck him from the rear. Employee #1 died at the scene. He was transported to Watauga Medical Center.
Keywords: highway, repair, vehicle, construction, tree, struck by
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street Other Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 316666494 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Crushed/run-over by highway vehicle

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