The car, exactly where it came to stop. The debris in front of it are the worker's things. Photos courtesy Elizabeth Drabkin
Union Staff Report
McKINLEYVILLE – Shortly after 2 p.m., a Caltrans worker, who was doing roadwork inside a coned-off area, was struck by an elderly driver who drove through the cones.
The worker was transported to MRCH with extensive injuries. The scene is still being investigated. Alcohol was not a factor.
The Murray Road onramp is closed, as is the bridge. The overpass will likely be closed all night as the accident scene is investigated for possible criminal charges.
UPDATE ON CONDITION OF INJURED CALTRANS WORKER
Eureka – Caltrans Equipment Operator Edward Holgersen was hit by a car on Thursday, October 31, 2013, while performing a flagging operation at the Murray Road Overcrossing Bridge on US Highway 101 in McKinleyville. Holgersen is currently in the intensive care unit of a Sonoma County hospital and is in stable condition. He is a husband and father of four children. His wife is with him as he recovers from his injuries sustained in Thursday’s collision.
“Ed and his entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. Our workers are local community members and mean a lot of us. We urge the public to please slow down when approaching any work site. Stay alert, and Slow for the Cone Zone,” said Charlie Fielder, District 1 Director.
Caltrans reminds motorists that this year’s construction season is still open, and we are working hard to complete projects before the winter weather begins.
Caltrans crews continue to work on our State highways, one of the most dangerous job sites out there. Your help is needed to keep everyone safe throughout work zones by simply slowing down when approaching and driving through areas of construction. The lives and safety of highway workers are at stake.
For the most current road information on all State highways, please call 1-800-427-7623 (1-800-GAS-ROAD) or visit www.dot.ca.gov