Apr 11,2008 00:00
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- On the last day of the 2008 National Work Zone Awareness Week, a 26-year old Springfield woman died early Friday morning from injuries she suffered during a crash in a highway work zone located northbound Interstate 5 in the Springfield area.
Christensen was not wearing safety restraints and was ejected from the car. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.
No construction workers were injured.
OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Troopers were assisted at the scene by ODOT, the Lane County Sheriff's Office, Springfield Fire Department, and the Lane County Medical Examiner's Office.
The left northbound lane of Interstate 5 remained closed throughout the investigation.
Released preliminary 2007 statistics in Oregon show an increase in fatalities over 2006, from five to 11. None of those who died were construction workers; all were either drivers or passengers in motor vehicles.
For the past several years, ODOT has been educating drivers and encouraging safety in work zones by promoting the slogan, "Slow down. Better roads ahead." For more information and tips on safe driving, visit www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/workzonesafety.shtml.
Tips for staying safe in the "Cone Zone"
* Pay complete attention to driving. The most important thing drivers can do is focus on the driving task, especially in the transition zone before the work area.
* Orange is your clue. Slow down when you see orange signs, barrels and barricades. Speeding is the second most common factor in work zone crashes.
* Don't tailgate. Instead, double your following distance.
* Move over to the correct lane well in advance of the work zone.
* Leave early to reach your destination on time. You may experience delays in work zones — plan for them!
* Be patient. Be courteous to other drivers so you all arrive safely.
* Avoid work zones when you can by using an alternate route.
You can learn about construction updates, road conditions, traffic and more by calling 5-1-1 or visiting www.TripCheck.com.