June 6, 2013
A 40-year-old highway maintenance crewmember was killed after being struck by a tractor-trailer on a Virginia highway earlier this week. Reports indicate the Roanoke Truck Accident happened at approximately 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon along I-81 in Montgomery County.
According to an article published by The Roanoke Times, the victim was assigned to pick up trash along the highway and stopped his vehicle on the shoulder of the road. After exiting the vehicle, he was struck by a passing 2005 International tractor-trailer being driven by a 45-year-old Connecticut man. Virginia State Police reported the victim died at the scene.
An initial investigation indicated that the victim was following all safety protocols prior to the incident. This included wearing a high visibility safety vest and hardhat and activating flashing emergency lights on his vehicle.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.
The crash highlights the need for motorists to be more aware of Virginia’s “Move Over” law. The legislation requires that motorists move at least one lane of traffic away from a stopped emergency vehicle that has its flashing lights activated. If a driver cannot move over a lane, they should slow down to 20 MPH below the posted speed limit.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm would like to send their condolences to the family of the victim for their loss.