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Columbus crash leaves ODOT worker dead

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Just one week after the Ohio Department of Transportation Work Zone Safety Week, a man is dead and another is hospitalized. 

A fiery construction zone crash along interstate 71, north of Columbus, left 27-year-old ODOT worker Lee Rizor of Mt. Gilead dead at the scene.

The 59-year-old driver Dwane Allen Hill Sr., from Virginia, is in critical condition.

State troopers say the ODOT employee died when the backhoe he was operating was struck by tractor trailer this morning.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in the last ten years there were almost 57,000 crashes in work zones and 169 people in those crashes; seven were ODOT workers.

ODOT says the top three causes of work zone crashes include traveling too closely, failure to control and improper lane change. Excessive speed is also a cause.

If you are traveling around the region and across the state, ODOT's website helps to either avoid the construction zones, or plan extra time to get to your destination safely.

21 News reporter Janet Rogers will have more on this story at 6 p.m.

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