Family members, state urge drivers to use caution in work zones

State leaders are reminding drivers to be careful as they pass through work zones.
State leaders are reminding drivers to be careful as they pass through work zones.

(WMC-TV) – It's been less than a year since two Mid-South Tennessee Department of Transportation workers were killed in work zones. Now state leaders are reminding drivers to be careful as they pass through work zones.

Raw emotions still surface when Terry Dalton talks about her late husband Michael. He died in a work zone last September at the I-40/I-240 interchange.

"I would never ever want to see anyone go through the pain that my family has suffered in the past 7 months,' she said.

He was wearing his safety vest and hard hat and emergency lights were flashing, but he was still hit by a car.

The same thing happened to TDOT worker Bob Nowicki last June. Nowicki died while he helped a stalled 18 wheeler on I-55 in West Memphis.

Thursday morning, state transportation leaders spoke about the importance of slowing down in work zones. The added law enforcement officers will be looking for distracted or careless drivers.

"If you see the safety zones, please slow down because you never know what the blink of an eye will bring," said Dalton.

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