Motorists should take extra care in work zones

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Barreling down the highway at 70 miles per hour – or faster – is standard on the nation’s interstate highways. But as most of us have experienced, bottlenecks on down the road often back up traffic quickly, and suddenly a motorist can find himself approaching a sea of red brake lights.

Will he be able to stop in time?

Thousands of motorists stuck in traffic during rush hour Thursday evening in Huntington found out what can happen if a motorist in or approaching a construction zone isn’t on full alert.

According to police, a dump truck carrying gravel on Interstate 64 could not stop quickly enough when he came upon traffic that had slowed down, possibly because of construction near Kenova. It hit the car in front of it, triggering a chain reaction. The crash involved the dump truck, a diesel truck and seven passenger vehicles..

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