- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) - Law enforcement officials are concerned after roadside workers north of Cincinnati have been killed or injured on two separate accidents in the past three weeks.

Warmer weather has increased traffic on roads, adding potential danger for roadside workers, officials told the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News (https://bit.ly/1KFzstc).

The Butler County Sheriff’s office said the driver of a semi recently hit a tree-trimming truck in Madison Township, injuring an employee standing in a crane. That accident came two weeks after an energy company subcontractor was killed and four others injured when a car rolled through a work zone and crashed into a utility truck.

The driver in the April 22 accident in West Chester is suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to police records. Charges are pending.

Hamilton police officials said drivers need to use extreme caution while driving through construction zones, adding that potential distractions in the car have impacted drivers.

There were 32,719 fatal accidents on roads in the United States in 2013 - 579 of which happened in work zones, according to the National Work Zone Safety Clearinghouse. In Ohio, there were 989 fatal accidents in 2013, 20 which occurred in work zones.

There were an average of 778 deaths in work zones between 1994 and 1999. 1,060 between 2000 and 2006, and 669 from 2007 to 2012, according to the records from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Information from: Journal-News , https://www.journal-news.com


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