North Carolina transportation worker killed in highway work zone

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Raleigh, NC, United States (4E) – A 37-year-old North Carolina Department of Transportation employee was killed Sunday morning after an accident while working on Highway 12, the road has been declared closed for night traffic.

According to a spokesman for the North Carolina Highway Patrol, it was around 1 a.m. when Michael Brad Stevenson was driving southbound in a DOT dump truck carrying sand on Highway 12 when he collided with the rear end of another DOT truck that had broken down.

Stevenson, who has been with the department for 15 years, died after his vehicle caught fire. The driver of the other truck, 45-year-old Ronnie Anderson, was brought to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Officials said the accident happened three miles south of the Bonner Bridge, in the vicinity where crews were working to remove sand brought by Hurricane Sandy and the recent Nor’Easter.NCDOT announced that “Highway 12 is only open for daylight travel because current road conditions at night are extremely challenging.”

Local officials are coordinating with NCDOT to develop alternate travel plans, but until then, the highway will remain open during daylight hours for four-wheel drive vehicles only.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol and NCDOT are investigating the accident.

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