Friday, September 2, 2016

TransportiCA's Thoughts are with Jorge Lopez' Family & Caltrans

TransportiCA sends our deepest thoughts and condolences to the family of Jorge Lopez.  Lopez was tragically killed yesterday by a big rig driver on SR-14, the Antelope Valley Freeway.  We hope for tough justice to be served to the reckless big rig driver, who disregarded the State's "Move Over" law, and now Lopez' three children are without a father, his wife now widowed, and the people of California have lost a 16-year public servant, devoted to improving California's mobility.

IF YOU SEE AMBER FLASHING LIGHTS ON CALTRANS' VEHICLES, MOVE OVER OR SLOW DOWN.

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Caltrans' Official New Release:

Caltrans Worker Killed Today on Antelope Valley Freeway (State Route 14) in Los Angeles County


185th Caltrans Employee Killed on the Job
Date: September 1, 2016
District: District 7
Contact: Lauren Wonder
Phone: (213) 897-9092
LOS ANGELES - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced that an employee of Caltrans District 7 was killed today on the Antelope Valley Freeway (State Route 14) in Los Angeles County.
Jorge Lopez, 57, an electrician, was a Caltrans employee for 16 years. He is survived by his wife and three adult children.
At 11:35 a.m. today, Lopez died when he was struck by a big rig as he was standing outside his vehicle on SR-14 in Acton.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other Caltrans employees in their vehicles witnessed the incident, on southbound SR-14 at Crown Valley Road.
"Today we mourn the loss of one of our own in this tragic incident. Our thoughts and focus are on supporting the family at this time. This is an unfortunate reminder of how dangerous highway work can be."

Malcolm Dougherty, Director, Caltrans
Lopez is the first Caltrans District 7 employee to die on the job since 2005. He is the 32nd in the history of District 7 (which includes Los Angeles and Ventura counties) and the 185th Caltrans employee to lose his life on the job.
District 7 has called a safety stand down to emphasize safety procedures. All routine or regularly scheduled highway maintenance activities are being temporarily halted to revisit and reinforce all aspects of field safety and to ask the public for help. Caltrans will post notices on its statewide network of electronic highway message signs reminding motorists to watch out for highway workers.
"These tragedies are sobering reminders that we must all do everything we can to keep our highways safe. Motorists must slow down, watch out for highway workers and safely move over a lane when passing work crews. This is why we have the 'Move Over' law."

Malcolm Dougherty, Director, Caltrans

Governor Brown's office also had this to say:

GOVERNOR BROWN ISSUES STATEMENT ON DEATH OF CALTRANS WORKER

9-1-2016

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued the following statement regarding the death of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) electrician Jorge Lopez:

“Anne and I were saddened to learn of the death of Jorge Lopez, who worked each day to make our California roads safer. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and many colleagues who are mourning this tragedy.”

Jorge Lopez, 57, of Sylmar, died today when he was struck by a big rig as he was standing outside his vehicle on State Route 14 in Acton. Two other Caltrans employees driving behind Lopez were uninjured in the accident.

Lopez is the 185th Caltrans employee to lose his life on the job. He is survived by his wife Leticia and three children.

In honor of Lopez, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff. 

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(Source: http://www.dot.ca.gov/paffairs/pr/2016/prs/16pr085.html; https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=19517)

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