No one to be cited in cruiser construction zone accident

A Dayton police officer was injured in an accident in the I-75 construction zone, Feb. 19, 2014. (WDTN Photo/Bear Everett)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – No one will be cited for a crash early Wednesday that injured a Dayton police officer.

The officer was working in the construction zone on Interstate 75 near Main Street around midnight when it happened. The officer was pulling out of the zone with lights and sirens on when the nearly 30-year veteran collided with a semi.

Police think the driver of that semi did not hear or see the officer’s lights and sirens at the time of the crash and didn’t have time to stop.

Investigators told 2 NEWS the officer was alert following the crash. He was taken to the hospital to be checked out and is expected to be okay, but the cruiser was totaled.

Officers warn drivers to understand how important it is to be on the lookout for everything

“It is a very dangerous situation,” said Lt. Mark Ponichtera. “That’s why the speed limits been reduced here, so we encourage anyone in the construction area or see workers to always follow the speed limit especially in a construction zone because lives are at stake.

We drove that construction zone and found vehicles have little space to merge onto the Interstate, so we called officials at the Ohio Department of Transportation to ask about safety there.

In an email response they say the zone has a Workzone Traffic Supervisor in charge of the layout. They tell us the zone meets state safety regulations and that regular checks are done to keep the area safe.

We asked police if they’ve had issues before during the on-going construction work on Interstate 75.

“We’ve been up there a lot so we’re aware of how dangerous it is but we’ve been lucky so far we haven’t had any major problems,” says Dayton Police Lt. Matthew Dickey. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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