ODOT: Man killed while supervising project

Posted at 3:53 PM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 23:37:17-04

An Oklahoma Department of Transportation employee was killed Wednesday while supervising a brush removal project.

ODOT says 47-year-old Jarrell Gray, Transportation Superintendent in Delaware County, was supervising the project on SH-20 west of Jay when the accident occured.

Highway patrol says a DOC van , parked along the road, was struck by a vehicle from behind and pushed into a trailer.

According to officials, Gray was standing between the van and trailer and was pinned. One person was inside the DOC van when it was hit. They are expected to be okay.

ODOT said in part, "The department is deeply saddened by this work zone tragedy, which is felt by each of his 2,400 coworkers statewide. Our thoughts are with Gray’s family, friends and fellow crew members during this difficult time. This comes as the department is in an extensive statewide work zone safety campaign."

Gray is the 60th employee killed in the line of duty in the department's history. Gray was with ODOT since December of 1988.

The exact cause of the accident is under investigation by ODOT.

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