ODOT issues statement following fatal construction crash

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio Department of Transportation has released a statement following a deadly construction accident over the weekend.

Daniel Walker of Kentucky, 43, was killed early Sunday morning on Interstate 70 eastbound in the area of the Airport Access Road.

Investigators say a dump truck was trying to merge onto the highway in a construction and hit a semi truck. The truck veered out of control, striking Walker.

Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Jerry Wray released the following statement Monday:

“We are deeply saddened by news of a deadly accident in one of our construction zones. Our thoughts and prayers are with Daniel Walker’s family and his co-workers at John R. Jurgensen. With a record number of construction projects across the state, we urgently remind motorists to please remember to pay attention and slow down while driving through work zones.”

2 NEWS followed up with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which is investigating the crash.

Investigators say at this point they know the basics in Sunday’s fatal crash in Englewood.

“What they were doing, they were moving traffic to the inside of 70 as the pattern is now and they were setting concrete barriers to the right side fo the traffifc pattern,” Lt. Mark Nichols described.

A semi truck lost control on I-70 Eastbound. Ultimately, the accident killed Walker.

Officials will reconstruct the accident and take a closer look, but many have asked who will be held responsible.

“I can definitely understand with the public’s perception is why is it taking so long– is when we go to present charges,” Nichols said. “It’s incumbent upon the law enforcement to prove beyond a reasonable doubt and to have all the facts so we like to make sure we have everything and try to account for every single thing before we go to the prosecutor’s office or issue a citation.”Lt. Nichols says every year ODOT spreads the same warning. 

He says in the last two months, the department has added nearly 500 hours of overtime to ensure safety on the highway.

But the lieutenant says motorists still have a responsibility to drive safely, and he says officials are trying to ensure they do.

“We try to work some adjacent routes on 48, on Airport Access Road, on I-70 and I-75 so people that are getting ready to go into the zone or out of the zone that we can get their attention also,” he assured.

Because the traffic pattern will be around for the next several months, officials are urging drivers not just to slow down, but also be aware of the movement in these construction zones.

Officials plan to continue their investigation.

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