DOH worker among 3 people hurt in work-zone crash

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FORT GAY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Multiple people were hurt in a crash in Wayne County Monday, including a West Virginia Division of Highways worker who was holding a sign to warn drivers to slow down near a construction project.

The accident happened Monday morning on Route 52 near the Rebel Mart in Fort Gay.

Wayne County sheriff's deputies said a motorcyclist began to slow down for a construction zone, where a 25-year-old DOH worker stood on the side of the road holding a sign that warned drivers to slow down.

Deputies said the driver of a FedEx delivery truck swerved to avoid the motorcyclist but clipped the motorcycle and then hit the DOH worker. The worker was dragged for a short distance by the FedEx truck.

The truck driver, the motorcyclist and the DOH worker were all taken to the hospital.

In an email statement, state Department of Transportation Secretary Byrd Whire urged motorists to drive with caution in work zones.

"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," he said. "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.”

No names have been released.