I-90 Reopened After Interchange Construction Worker Killed

Westbound I-90 was closed between Crocker Basset and SR 83.

Updated 2:44 p.m.

An interchange construction worker struck by an SUV on I-90 this morning has died, according to the Avon Fire Department.

Lt. Eric Dudziak confirmed the 63-year old construction worker was pronounced dead at the hospital. His name has not yet been released.

project manager Don Damyanic said the man struck was working on the new interchange at Lear-Nagle road, which is expected to open later this year.

“I believe he was working on the bridge,”  Dudziak said.

The man was struck at approximately 9:15 a.m. and taken to the hospital.  

Dudziak said two vehicles were involved.

“One hit the other,” he said. One of the vehicles involved was pushed into the construction zone, striking the worker.

All westbound lanes between Crocker Road/Bassett Road exit and Route 83 were closed until shortly after 2 p.m. On Twitter, reports were posting that Detroit Road heading into Avon from Westlake was completely backed up.

Check back for updates as this story develops.

Dave D September 12, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Very tragic. With all the slow down construction traffic signs, you think people would take notice. Of course, I'm driving in I-90 yesterday by the construction. The signs say DO NOT CHANGE LANES. two people passed me, both on the phone, then cut into the lane in front of me.
Holly Moore Kowalski September 12, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I wonder if a driver using a cell phone was part of the situation?
Anneliese September 12, 2012 at 05:33 PM
That's too bad, people need to be more aware of construction zones for this reason
Brian McKeown September 12, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Imagine if a driver kills a worker in a construction zone because of something as stupidly trivial as any electronic device...then imagine that driver is YOU...trying to figure out what to do with your conscience for the rest of your life. How can you possibly deal with THAT burden??
Jeff September 12, 2012 at 07:40 PM
This is horrible! I can't believe people's disrespect for construction zones. I drive through the I-90 construction zone between W River and 57 every day, and when I get to the orange "55 ahead" sign, I flash my brakes and coast down to 55 (which I get down to before the white 55 sign). I'm surprised at how many people pass, and disregard the solid white lines. I have half a mind to match speed with someone in the other lane just to keep people from speeding through there, but that's not my place. Is there any way to request that the police or highway patrol monitor the traffic when I see this almost every day?
Andrea S September 13, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Police have mobile cop cars with traffic cameras in them...why don't they just rotate them between the construction zones so people get automatic tickets if they speed? I've seen a couple in the area and they were all over the highways in DC when I was there a month or so ago.
Eileen Fischer September 13, 2012 at 02:52 AM
I have good information that says cel phone was not an issue. The speed limit is 65 in that area of construction. ODOT says they don't lower the speed if the construction zone is less than a 3 mile stretch. This whole thing is tragic and I pray for the construction worker but I also pray for the person driving as he/she was forced into the barrels by someone changing lanes and did not notice them. So very sad for all involved.


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