Mn/DOT calls for driver vigilance after work zone crash

4:29 PM, Sep 29, 2011   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - A highway workzone crash that left workers injured in Minneapolis overnight has Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) Commissioner Tom Sorel asking all motorists to exercise greater care on the roads.

Commissioner Tom Sorel urges drivers to approach work zones with care and keep safety uppermost in mind.

"There are thousands of workers on our state and local roadways every day who are working to improve our transportation system," Sorel said in a printed statement. "They deserve to be safe. They deserve to be able to go home to their families after their shift."

Sorel added that there were more than 1,900 work zone crashes in 2010.

The commissioner's comments follow a work zone crash on I-94 near Highway 280 in St. Paul early Thursday during which at least two workers were injured when an automobile plowed into a water truck on the side of the ramp. 

Minnesota has been working very hard on reducing crashes on deaths on roadways through its work in the Toward Zero Deaths program.

"We can engineer safe roads, enforce traffic laws and respond to crashes with emergency services as good as any state in the nation," Sorel said. "But we cannot do it without motorist cooperation. One crash in a work zone is one too many."

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