June 16, 2015
Oregon's first work-zone fatality this year involving a worker happened June 2 on Oregon 22 west of Interstate 5 near Salem; a car drove into a work zone in the eastbound lanes of the highway, striking the worker and construction equipment.
On any given day, there are more than 500 active work zones in Oregon - and there are more than 500 work-zone-related crashes each year.
Highway construction is one of the most dangerous occupations. But highway work zones are dangerous for drivers, too. Nationally and in Oregon, more drivers or their passengers are killed or injured in work zone crashes than workers - four out of five work-zone fatalities are vehicle drivers or their passengers. Driver inattention and excessive speed are the biggest factors in work-zone crashes.
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