A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation flagwoman was struck by a car early Tuesday morning in Tioga County and seriously injured, according to local news reports, and I hope all drivers in New York State and Pennsylvania will pay attention when they are driving in a roadway construction zone.
Slow down. Obey the signs and those who are flagging traffic. Don’t pass in a no-passing zone. In many cases, the penalties for breaking the law are doubled!
State police told the local media that 78-year-old Ray L. Low of Gaines, Pa,, was driving a Ford Focus at about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday on Route 6 near the Stokesdale Acorn Market in Delmar Township when he lost control of his car and struck flagwoman Tammy L. Milroy, 47, of Trout Run.
Low’s vehicle blew past one other flag person’s stop sign before striking Milroy, police said. Milroy was thrown several feet into shrubbery along the side of the highway, police said.
Low’s vehicle veered off the road, flipped over several times and struck a tree, police said.
Low and Milroy were transported to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, where they were in serious condition after the accident. It’s a miracle that both people were not killed!
As I write this, I can hear the construction on Church Street in Elmira, right near our office. I pass those smiling flag ladies, ones who are trying to do their job and stay safe just like Tammy Milroy was. Give the flag persons a break folks. Slow down and make sure they get home safe to their families!
Thanks for reading,