Reports of the fatal work zone accident that killed a MoDOT worker have been circulating throughout the web these past few days.
The fatal crash happened on Highway 100 near Buchheit Rd., Just outside New Haven on Thursday, just after 9:00 a.m.
MoDOT Worker Killed In Crash
According to Fox 2 News in St. Louis, MoDOT worker, Lyndon Ebker, 55, was setting up for a “flushing operation,” in which crews clear road salt and other material off the bridge.
Signs and lighters were up, and their impact attenuator was on the back of the truck. The impact attenuator operates as a cushion for the work truck in the event of an impact.
Ebker was standing in front of the truck when a Passat station wagon struck him. The driver of the station wagon, an 80-year-old man from Hermann, Mo. told authorities that he swerved to avoid a dump truck which was also in the eastbound lane.
The impact sent the MoDOT worker flying into the air. He landed on the hitch of the truck, which tows the attenuator.
Lyndon Ebker was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the car who hit Ebker was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Remembering Lyndon Ebker
Lyndon Ebker was a senior maintenance worker and had been with MoDOT for 30 years at the time of the crash.
According to a statement released by Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon, Ebker had retired in 2013 from his position as a construction inspector. After his retirement, Ebker continued to work as a part-time maintenance worker with MoDOT.
Missourians are spreading pictures of Lyndon Ebker on Social Media as a memorial, and an awareness campaign. The image includes Ebker’s photograph and an orange Work Zone Awareness ribbon.
MoDOT Launches Work Zone Safety Week
“It’s not too early to say what we need to learn from this.” said Sgt. Al Nothum, from Missouri State Highway Patrol, “and that is that you need to pay attention, you need to be aware of your surroundings when you enter a work zone.”
MoDOT will begin a Work Zone Safety Week campaign next week to bring awareness to the dangers of Work Zones.
“It’s just about warning people exactly what happened here today. Warning them to slow their speed down, pay attention, read the signs.” Added Sgt Nothum in an interview with Fox 2 News.
“We just can’t have people be run over like this.”
Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers Urges Drivers To SLOW DOWN
Unfortunately, this type of tragic accident is not uncommon in Missouri. Tragically, pedestrian car accidents are often fatal.
At Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers, we represent families of victims who have been killed in pedestrian-car accidents while on the job as construction workers, Transportation workers, Cops, and EMTs. All of these workers put their lives on the line to make St. Louis roads safer. We need to show them the same respect by slowing down when workers are present.
If you’ve been injured, or if you’ve lost a loved one due to a roadside pedestrian accident, do not hesitate to call our office. Our attorneys are experienced in getting compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and more.
While no amount of money will bring your loved one back, it is important to begin gathering evidence immediately. An attorney can help you with the paperwork while you and your family focus on healing after the loss of a loved one.