A man working as a Caltrans subcontractor was killed Tuesday while picking up traffic-control warning signs on the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway in Industry.
The worker was struck around 4:40 a.m. on the southbound side of the freeway at Peck Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.
“Early this morning, an employee of a Caltrans sub-contractor was struck and killed by a passing big rig, while picking up traffic control warning signs along Interstate 605 in the city of Industry,” according to a Caltrans statement that reminded motorists to “remain alert and slow down when approaching the more than 900 active construction projects statewide.”
Two southbound lanes were blocked while an investigation was conducted and a SigAlert was issued, according to the CHP, which reported that all lanes were reopened at 1:20 p.m.
“This tragic incident underscores the risks and dangers road workers face every day,” Caltrans Director Laurie Berman said. “It should also remind drivers that it is everyone’s responsibility to be work zone alert and slow down, and/or move over when approaching all work zones. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the worker’s family and friends.”
It was not immediately clear if the big rig driver was cited.
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