After the exit ramp collapsed, a tractor-trailer smashed into the rubble. The truck driver did not suffer major injuries, and he was transported to a nearby hospital. Police reported that the fact that the collapse occurred during the night was a blessing, as many more casualties and even deaths would likely have resulted from such a calamity had it occurred during the busy daytime hours.
Despite the fact that no construction accident is ever anticipated, safety measures should be in place to avoid fatalities or worker injuries. Colorado workers’ compensation covers all workers who are killed or injured in work-related accidents. After losing loved ones in fatal workplace accidents, surviving spouses and dependents may be entitled to death benefits that typically cover expenses related to funeral and burial costs, along with additional compensation for lost income. In cases in which injuries are suffered by a person who is not in the construction company’s employ, as in the case of the truck driver injured in the overpass accident, that person may pursue compensation for damages by filing a personal injury claim in a civil court.
Source: news.yahoo.com, “Highway work to resume after deadly Ohio overpass accident”, Dan Sewell, Jan. 21, 2015