ODOT worker killed in work zone accident

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GRADY COUNTY, Okla. – A work zone accident has claimed the life of an ODOT worker.

A representative for ODOT confirmed one of their transportation equipment operators was killed in a crash in Grady County on Friday.

ODOT’s Cody Boyd says that Gordon Pipkin was 47 years old and had only been with the department since May.

Pipkin worked for the maintenance crew in Grady County.

According to a report from OHP, the accident happened on US Highway 81 when a vehicle headed southbound left the roadway.

The 2008 Chevy Equinox, driven by Justin Leo Jones of Tulsa, drifted to the right out of the lane and struck Pipkin. The vehicle then continued southbound, crossing State Highway 17, crashing into a drainage ditch.

Pipkin died at the scene.

A 4-year-old child was in the vehicle at the time. The child was taken to Duncan Regional Hospital by Rush Springs EMS and treated for a head injury. The child has since been released.

The driver of the Equinox was not injured.

A statement released by ODOT says,

“The Department is deeply saddened by this tragedy, which is felt by each of his coworkers statewide. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fellow crew members during this difficult time.”

Pipkin is the 58th employee in the history of the department to be killed in the line of duty.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, according to OHP.

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