The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has reported that several striping crews were involved in crashes while painting lines on Missouri roads over the past few months. Of the accidents MoDOT reported, passenger car and truck drivers allegedly caused the crashes.
No MoDOT employees suffered serious injuries, but the driver of a semi-truck in one of the accidents was killed. Inattention, impairment, speeding, following too closely, and texting while driving are suspected causes.
When MoDOT is striping roads, several trucks follow behind the paint truck to warn drivers to slow down and change lanes. Hitting and injuring or killing a highway worker in Missouri can result in a fine of up to $10,000 and loss of one’s driver’s license for one year.
Other recent accidents include the following.
• The driver of one car barely avoided hitting a striping crew but swerved at the last minute. In the process, she rolled her car numerous times. It took several hours to clear the scene and get the crew back on track.
• A driver traveling at about 60 miles per hour totaled his car when he rear-ended a truck-mounted-attenuator (TMA). The car driver received two tickets.
• A semi-truck driver passed three TMAs and then clipped the yellow paint carriage on the striper, nearly ripping it from the truck. The semi barely missed the driver’s head, and the crash spilled paint and glass reflective beads onto the roadway. The driver of the semi then fled the scene and hit another car at the next intersection, where he was arrested. No one was seriously injured.