Close call for PennDOT road crew in Adams County - abc27 WHTM

Close call for PennDOT road crew in Adams County

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A PennDOT construction crew in Adams County got a big scare Wednesday when a driver failed to stop as he approached them.

PennDOT spokeswoman Fritzi Schreffler says it happened along a stretch of Old Carlisle Road in Biglerville. She says the driver approached the work zone and didn't slow down when he should have.

"He passed several signs letting him know there was a work zone," Schreffler said. "He passed some slowed vehicles to get around them. He passed by our flagger."

The driver narrowly missed the flagger, who reacted immediately and radioed a warning to the crew ahead. A worker pulled a dump truck in front of workers. Fortunately, there was no collision and no one was hurt. Schreffler said police were called and the driver was arrested for driving while under the influence.

She issued a plea for drivers to treat road workers with respect.

"You may be inconvenienced. You may be running late to some place," she said, "but we have people working out there and they're not protected by very much. This kind of incident today, especially with an impaired motorist, could have ended tragically and lives could have been lost."

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