DOH worker in serious condition after being hit and dragged by delivery truck

One person was flown from the scene of a crash along Route 52 in Wayne County Monday morning.
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WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A West Virginia Division of Highways worker was hit and injured in an accident along U.S. 52 in Wayne County Monday morning.

One person was flown from the scene of a crash along Route 52 in Wayne County Monday morning.

Crews say the worker was hit as the result of an accident in a work zone.

According to the Department of Transportation, the 25-year-old is in serious condition at St. Mary's Medical Center. His name has not been released.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, the driver of a FedEx truck swerved to avoid a motorcyclist that had slowed down in the construction zone. The driver ended up clipping the motorcycle and hit the DOH worker, dragging him along the road.

Deputies say the accident is still under investigation. A reconstruction team was brought in to try to determine what happened.

According to deputies, the DOH worker was standing along the road holding a sign, warning drivers to slow down when the accident happened.

Autumn Vincent lives along that stretch of Route 52. She says she always worries about drivers speeding on the road.

She says Monday's accident was also a painful case of deja vu. Her sister was hit and killed years ago on that same stretch of road.

"She was only six years old," Vincent said. "It's bad. It hurts your heart to think stuff like that happens all the time. I really hope he is OK."

Vincent says drivers speed on that stretch of road all the time. She is hoping this accident will serve as a reminder to drivers to slow down.

"It keeps your nerves tore up all the time, Vincent said. "People go way too fast through here. Very fast. Way too fast. There's kids that cross this road daily. You just never know when something like that is going to happen."

Department of Transportation Secretary Byrd White issued the following statement about the accident:

“It is saddens me to think we have a 25-year-old – with his whole life in front of him, and who just started with us about a month ago, hoping to go full-time with the DOT one day – now lying in a hospital bed. Even one accident like this is one too many. There are so many hardworking men and women, who are trying to fix our state’s roads, who should be able to do their job without needing to look over their shoulder every few seconds. I know it can be frustrating to drive slower than you’re used to, but our men and women deserve to make it home to their families safely at the end of the day. Today, for one of our workers, that did not happen.

My heart breaks and yours should too. I am praying for this man to make a speedy recovery and I am praying that all motorists traveling through West Virginia put themselves in the shoes of our incredible DOT workers and remember to slow down and be alert while driving through work zones.”

There is no word on the condition of the other two drivers involved. Both of them were also taken to the hospital for treatment.