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WVDOH Worker In Critical Condition

Man in reflective vest next to interstate lane lined with safety cones
The work zone accident was on US 50 in Clarksburg.
Randy Yohe/West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Updated on Friday, March 15, 2024 at 3:39 pm.

Clarksburg Police Chief Mark Kiddy said 46 year old Kiley Wagner of Bridgeport was driving the vehicle that hit the DOH worker. Wagner was charged with DUI causing serious bodily injury. She was released from jail on a $5,000 bond. Kiddy said this was not a work zone, but a vehicle accident zone.

This is a developing story and may be updated. 

A West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) road worker was struck by a car in a work zone on Thursday.
A WVDOH press release said the worker was part of a crew of three setting up traffic control devices at the scene of an accident on US 50 in Clarksburg when a vehicle crashed into the work zone at about 9:45 p.m. 

The WVDOH employee is in critical condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital with injuries to the head and shoulder

The release noted that all three workers at the scene were wearing hardhats with bright lights, and the work zone was illuminated by flashing lights on the workers’ truck and a flashing arrow sign.

In the release, Transportation Secretary Jimmy Wriston said the most important safety component in the state’s work zones is the person behind the wheel. 

“There would be far fewer accidents if drivers would pay attention and obey the law in work zones,” Wriston said. “That’s what keeps you safe and it’s what keeps our workers safe. Please, hear this: Obey the law in work zones,”

It was not immediately clear what happened to the driver that hit the worker.