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Worker killed in St. Louis County construction zone crash

Missouri motorists have a special duty to slow down and take care when driving in construction zones. That duty may be a factor in the police investigation of a fatal car accident in an I-270 construction zone in St. Louis County on April 20. The state highway patrol says that the collision occurred early in the morning near Dougherty Ferry Road when a worker's water truck was struck by a car. Tragically, the 37-year-old worker, a resident of Pevely, died.

The car driver, a 41-year-old Fenton woman, apparently caused the car accident when she switched lanes and struck the water truck. The force of the collision propelled the truck into a rock bluff, where it flipped over. The Fenton woman's car went on to strike another worker's parked vehicle. There was no word on whether anyone in addition to the deceased worker was injured, though traffic was backed up on the interstate for hours.

An early news report did not indicate if the car driver was cited for the car accident or if authorities believed speed or alcohol was a factor in the fatal crash. Nevertheless, a man is dead, and his family must now try to cope with the sudden tragedy. They will presumably want answers and may wish to assess what rights they have under Missouri law. In instances where someone is seriously injured or killed as the result of an accident caused by another party, a personal injury or wrongful death claim may be appropriate as a means of seeking accountability as well as reimbursement for damages resulting from the tragedy.

Source: Fenton-High Ridge Patch, "Fatal Crash in MoDOT I-270 Work Zone," Dan Barger, April 22, 2012

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