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DOT worker killed in dump truck crash on Outer Banks' NC 12

Posted November 11, 2012

— A state Department of Transportation worker was killed in a crash early Sunday while crews removed sand from N.C. Highway 12 in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the recent nor'easter that hit the Outer Banks.

According to state troopers, DOT employee Ronnie Anderson's dump truck broke down in the middle of N.C. 12 South on Pea Island and was rear-ended by a second dump DOT dump truck, driven by Michael Brad Stevenson. Anderson's dump truck flipped over, and Stevenson's truck caught on fire.

Stevenson, 36, of Hertford, was killed in the crash, troopers said. Anderson, 45, of Sunbury, was transported to Norfolk General Hospital, where he was in good condition.

DOT clears N.C. Highway 12 DOT worker killed in OBX wreck

Both trucks were hauling sand, and a mechanic had arrived to repair Anderson's truck just before the wreck happened south of Bonner Bridge, troopers said. The highway was closed from Oregon Inlet to Rodanthe until around 9:30 a.m. It is open only to four-wheel-drive vehicles during the day and will be closed at dusk.

Stevenson, an equipment operator, had been a loyal and dedicated DOT employee for 17 years, a spokesman for the department said. He left behind a wife and three children.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Stevenson family during this extremely difficult time," said DOT Secretary Gene Conti. "The men and women who work to keep N.C. 12, and all of our highways, safe and open for travel are special people."

Stevenson was the fourth DOT employee to die while on the job this year.

David Lee Cook, 55, of Boone, was hit by a pickup truck early Oct. 2 while removing a tree from Old N.C. Highway 421, outside Boone. Danny Burrell, 66, and Tony Wright, 65, both of Murphy, died Aug. 3 when an SUV veered off N.C. Highway 60, near Murphy, into a six-member DOT crew working on the side of the road.

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  • piene2 Nov 12, 3:50 p.m.

    "Another reason to quit trying to build and rebuild a highway on a sandbar. Condolences to the family. Life given for the sake of tourism according to the all-knowing.
    Glass Half Full"

    Totally ridiculous! Construction work is a dangerous occupation, workers are often injured or killed so let us stop all construction. Farm work is a dangerous occupation, workers are often injured or killed so let us stop all farming. Commercial fishing is a dangerous occupation, workers are often injured or killed so let us stop all commercial fishing. Fire fighting is a dangerous occupation, workers are often injured or killed so let us stop all fire fighting. capiche?

  • btneast Nov 12, 2:26 p.m.

    It would cost the state more in tax revenue to close the road than to rebuild it every year or two. Therefore there is nothing wasteful about it.

    You are correct. Tourism is a huge revenue producer for this state. Overall in NC, tourism generates 18 billion in sales, with the state netting 1.5 billion in tax revenue annually. NC is the 6th most visited state in the nation. The OBX is one of the most visited areas in the state. To close that highway would be truly cutting your nose off to spite your face. NC residents taxes would increase to offset the lost revenue, so keeping it open actaully saves you tax dollars.

  • chrisnrali Nov 12, 2:20 p.m.

    stop trying to live on the sandbar first, then the highway wouldn't be missed now would it?

  • rocket Nov 12, 1:23 p.m.

    "How many more lives have to be lost before the state stops wasting money on a never ending project?"

    It would cost the state more in tax revenue to close the road than to rebuild it every year or two. Therefore there is nothing wasteful about it.

  • Disabled Vet Nov 12, 12:59 p.m.

    I am sorry the man has died. How many more lives have to be lost before the state stops wasting money on a never ending project?

  • Glass Half Full Nov 12, 10:46 a.m.

    Another reason to quit trying to build and rebuild a highway on a sandbar. Condolences to the family. Life given for the sake of tourism according to the all-knowing.

  • Skywatch_NC Nov 12, 10:32 a.m.

    Prayers and thoughts with Mr. Stevenson's family.

    Wonder how fast he was going when he came upon Mr. Anderson's disabled truck?

  • SportsLover75 Nov 12, 10:30 a.m.

    Prayers for his family and friends.

  • piene2 Nov 12, 9:23 a.m.

    Construction work is considered a high risk occupation.
    Condolences to his family.

  • michaelclay Nov 12, 9:19 a.m.

    I think that's Old U.S. 421 in Boone not N.C. 421.

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