Drivers Need To Pay Attention In Construction Zones, Deputies Say

Drivers Need To Pay Attention In Construction Zones, Deputies Say Click to Enlarge Photo: Stearns County Sheriff's Office

Aug 25, 2017 at 10:05 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - A crash that ripped a driver's side door off a St. Joseph man's truck has the sheriff's office reminding drivers to use extra care when in construction zones.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says on Wednesday Jerome Kowitz was headed south on County Road 2 near St. Stephen and attempted to pass a Ziegler/Cat road scraper.

The road scraper had just finished dumping a load of dirt and was trying to make a U-turn while Kowitz was trying to pass it.

The road scraper turned and hit the truck on the driver’s side.

The collision peeled off the driver’s door and Kowitz suffered minor injuries.

The sheriff's office says speeds should be greatly reduced in construction zones.

They say construction workers on foot are especially vulnerable to moving vehicles.

Police say drivers should also remember that heavy construction equipment is not designed for normal road use and the driver may not have the best sight lines available.

If detours are posted drivers must follow that route unless they live in, or are going to, a residence or business within the affected zone.

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