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Road construction worker killed after being struck by road widener in Medina County

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Posted at 10:23 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 22:23:18-04

LIVERPOOL TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A road construction worker was killed in Medina County after he was struck by a road widener during a crash Friday afternoon, according to the Oho State Highway Patrol.

Around 12:32 p.m., troopers responded to state Route 252 in Liverpool Township for a report of a crash. Once on scene, troopers found a man who had been struck by a road widener used for paving the road surface.

A semi-tractor trailer had struck a low hanging wire, which fell onto the operator of the road widener. The road widener then struck 31-year-old Mackenzie Stone, a member of the construction crew, pinning him underneath, troopers said.

Stone was a roadway material director controlling the trucks bringing asphalt into the work zone and was beside the road widener prior to the crash, according to troopers.

The Medina County Sheriff’s Office, Valley City Fire and EMS, Medina County Coroner’s Office, Medina County Prosecutor’s Office and Ohio Department of Transportation were all on scene.

The crash is currently under investigation and troopers will release further details when they become available, authorities said.