ODOT Highway Worker Injured while Patching Potholes
COLUMBUS (Friday, March 13, 2015) – Three ODOT employees were injured, one of them seriously, while patching potholes on Interstate 70 on the west side of Franklin County this morning.
The crash happened in the far right lane of Interstate 70 east bound around 9:30.
Jeremy Owens, who’s been with the department seven years, was on the roadway when he was struck by a vehicle that entered the work zone. While expected to make a full recovery, Owens has several broken bones.
ODOT pothole patching is a “moving operation,” meaning the dump truck, carrying the pothole filling material is the lead vehicle. Next are the workers who are protected by a “crash truck” (pictured below)which is behind them. This truck tows portable metal cushions designed to absorb the impact should a vehicle enter the work zone.
“We work day and night to maintain our roadways, and it’s dangerous work,”said Ferzan M. Ahmed, District 6 Deputy Director. “I thank God our workers are alive given the seriousness of today’s crash.”
The two other ODOT employees, 20 year veteran, Derrick Maynard, who was driving the “crash truck,” and Eric Hesson, an 18 year veteran, who was behind the wheel of the dump truck, were both treated and released from a local hospital.