VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – In two separate crashes, two Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) employees were injured while assisting disabled vehicles.
Just before 11:30 p.m. on Friday, VDOT worker Kenneth Scott Amerson stepped outside of his truck to help several stopped vehicles. According to a news release from state police spokeswoman Michelle Anaya, the incident occurred in Chesapeake, at the base of Interstate 664 off-ramp to U.S. 58.
Furthermore, reports reveal that the driver ran off the side of the road and hit Amerson’s truck in the process. The momentum from the crash was so severe that it pushed the truck into the VDOT worker. As a result, Amerson was taken to Norfolk General Hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Moreover, the identity of the driver has been released. The 28-year-old behind the wheel is Virginia Mae Woods of Zanesville, Indiana. She was also taken to Norfolk General. However, according to state police, her injuries are life-threatening.
While the investigation is ongoing, police have not disclosed whether any charges will be filed.
Additionally, another VDOT service vehicle was hit after stopping to help one more disabled vehicle. The driver struck the safety patrol truck from behind in the westbound lane of I-264 near Rosemont Road.
However, the employee sustained minor injuries, and was treated immediately. Police identified the driver as 26-year-old Karna Shah. She was quickly taken to Virginia Beach General Hospital where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
As a result, Shah was charged with reckless driving.
According to Anaya, in both crash incidents, the VDOT safety service trucks’ emergency lights were turned on.