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GDOT asking for slower speeds around work crews

Two GDOT dump trucks like this one were involved in Wednesday's chain reaction crash Two GDOT dump trucks like this one were involved in Wednesday's chain reaction crash
A semi came to rest in the ditch near the 25 mile marker on U.S. 84 Wednesday after plowing into a GDOT truck A semi came to rest in the ditch near the 25 mile marker on U.S. 84 Wednesday after plowing into a GDOT truck
Darrell Braswell Darrell Braswell
Nita Birmingham Nita Birmingham
TIFT CO., GA (WALB) -

The Georgia DOT was reminding drivers Thursday to slow down around highway work crews.

Wednesday, a semi plowed into three DOT vehicles in Lowndes County. "The only thing that was going through my mind at that time was my crew. I did not know at the time if they were okay, if they were hurt," said GDOT Highway Maintenance Foreman Darrell Braswell.

Darrell Braswell was one of several DOT workers placing new raised pavement markers on U.S. 84 when a semi slammed into one of their vehicles, causing a chain reaction crash involving two more DOT  dump trucks.

Just one example of the risk the workers take to make the roads safer. "Any time you're dealin' with the travelin' public, you don't know what their actions are gonna do; how much rest they've had or what they're thinkin' or anything like that," Braswell pointed out.

That's why GDOT holds a work zone safety week each year, which, as of Thursday, was scheduled for the week of March 23rd.

"We just wanna make people aware that we have folks out there on the road just about every day either performing maintenance or doing what these guys were doing yesterday," said GDOT Public Relations Coordinator Nita Birmingham.

Braswell said it usually takes workers awhile to get over the traumatic experience of being involved in an incident like what happened on U.S. 84 Wednesday.

He believed the equipment and signals they had kept the situation from being any worse than it was, but he said that's not something they take for granted. "We do go back and think, well, what could we have done a little bit differently in this situation to make it safer for us and the traveling public," Braswell explained.

No one was seriously hurt in the crash. GSP continued to investigate Thursday, but as of Thursday evening no charges had been filed.

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