AUBURN – A construction zone smash up west of Auburn Thursday has crews talking about the hazards of the job.
A truck and semi-trailer passed orange construction signs on Highway 136 and went over a half mile before reaching a line of cars waiting for a pilot car.
The truck hit parked cars, sending occupants of a pickup truck and a SUV to Nemaha County Hospital.
There has been no official indication as to why the truck driver did not stop in time to avoid the collision, but Jarred Horsky of Constructors Inc. encourages drivers to stay focused and be aware of signage.
Horsky: “It looks the driver was distracted coming into the zone. There were about 10 vehicles already stopped. The flagger was out and vehicles stopped. The driver just came in and caught one of the vehicles that were stopped already. Distractions is probably the biggest thing that is going to get someone hurt out here, not paying attention to the signage and construction activities.”
Paving work and one lane traffic with a pilot car is expected to last three or four more weeks on the highway between Auburn and Tecumseh.