Omaha Police say a pothole contractor was critically injured in a crash Wednesday morning near 120th and Franklin. Investigators say just after 10:00 a Dodge Ram pickup, driven by 44 year old Steven May, was northbound on 120th St when it ran into the back of a parked Ford F350 pickup that had a construction trailer with a signal arrow bar attached.
The Ford was being used by a contractor work crew filling potholes and was pushed forward, striking a construction worker who then hit his head on a steel bucket of a skid loader that had asphalt in it. The worker is identified as 24 year old Sergio Rodriguez-Lopez. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Another construction worker, identified as 21 year old Jesus Anguiana suffered a minor leg injury. The operator of the skid loader, 32 year old Jorge Resendiz is being treated for a possible back injury. The three workers were part of a four man contractor crew from B&W Construction.
May was not hurt and police say charges against him are pending. Mayor Jean Stothert spoke to the company's president today to express concern for the injured employees. "This crash is an unfortunate and important reminder that drivers must be aware of work zones and the safety of our employees and our contractor's employees as they do their jobs," Stothert says. "We hope for a full recovery for the injured B & W employee."
B&W has been a City contractor for many years and also provides street sweeping services.
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