NDOT: Slow Down; Save A Life

FALLON, NV - The pictures from a serious car crash just west of Fallon near the Sheckler turnoff last August are chilling.

Road construction was going on at the time and one NDOT worker, Michael Spanier, was hit as two cars collided.

Supervisor Paul Harmon was at another site just two minutes away and rushed to the accident scene.

“When I pulled up on the scene, I saw the one car that was upside down. The other car that was on the fence. And I saw a bunch of great people that were helping our injured employee. I went up to him and I said, 'hey how are you doing, you are going to be all right.' He's in a lot of pain, not knowing what was going to happen to him. He asked me to call his wife. I did that. You know there are people standing out there trying to do their jobs; trying to make it safe in an unsafe situation,” says Harmon.

Harmon says he's seen a lot of road construction accidents in his day, but this was the first where a colleague was seriously injured.

Unfortunately drivers used to routine are confused by work zone routes; they may ignore lower speed limits, they tailgate, or don't wear a seat belt.

All or one of these factors can lead to serious accidents involving work crews.

“Just ask people to keep in mind there are people out there that have family and kids. Move over and five us some space too,” says Harmon.

Harmon says his co-worker is making a good recovery, and he hopes he's back to work soon.

The story is a reminder, during construction season here in Nevada, slow down and save a life.