Summer is road construction season. A tragic local accident (discussed below) got me thinking that I should send a reminder to my readers that you have to be very attentive to construction vehicles during this busy roadwork and building season.

Construction vehicles are huge, dangerous and unpredictable:

  • They are often coming and going from unexpected areas alongside the road.
  • They are often working unusual hours early in the morning or late at night.
  • Traffic patterns and signage in and around construction sites can often be confusing.

For all of these reasons, you need to be extra careful around construction sites. Please be safe out there!

Here is the sad story reported by WETM-TV that got me thinking of this subject:

“Fatal Accident”

(Nick Natario, Last Update: 7/31 9:56 p.m.)

CAMPBELL – A woman is left dead and two others in serious condition Saturday night after their car slammed into a dump truck Saturday afternoon in Steuben County.

Around 2 Saturday afternoon, Steuben County investigators say the dump truck was trying to turn into a work site on off State Route 415, when a car slammed right into it.

State Route 415 had to be closed for a few hours.

Officials say three women were in the car.

Pauline Rossi, 80, of Horseheads was transported to Corning Hospital, but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

The other two, Terri O’Rouke, 50, of Elmira Heights and Mary O’Rouke, 55, of Horseheads were airlifted to Robert Packer Hospital.

Neighbors who witnessed the event say they were stunned by the tragedy.

“This was just a simple day out shopping enjoying themselves and something like this is so unfortunate, so horrible that happens and just, it makes my heart drop,” said Donna Sharp.

The sheriff’s office collision reconstruction team was called into the scene.

They are still investigating the crash.

At this time no charges have been filed against the driver of the dump truck.

Thanks for reading,

James B. Reed, Esq.
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