Lufkin women urge caution during TxDOT's Work Zone Awareness Week

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Over the last year in Lufkin, drivers have become very familiar with work zones and as those zones become more of an everyday occurrence, drivers sometimes become complacent which is why every year TxDOT sets aside a week to warn drivers of work zone safety.

Amy Rogers can still remember every moment of when first responders thought she was dead 12 years ago.

"I thought Jesus was there to take me away and the sheet that they had placed over my head poking me over my right eye," Rogers said. "With my hand under me I raised my left hand and pushed the sheet off because I didn't want to go anywhere. I wanted to go home."

Amy and Evelyn Holcombe were laying down cones for TxDOT in Goodrich on April 10, 2002, when a minivan would slam into their vehicle.

"The decisions of one person to make the wrong decisions and pass cones that are out there for a reason," Evelyn's daughter, Becky Radke said. "Mom went from the matriarch of our family and all of our friends to shell of a woman she has been."

Evelyn would have part of her brain removed and Amy would have extensive surgery done to her hip

But surgery would not allow her to give up, defying odds and eventually walking again.

"I don't do well at the reliving," Rogers said. "I do well at the overcoming. I have learned to walk and walk often."

It's stories like these that TxDOT hopes will raise awareness in drivers about the workers on the side of the road.

Last year in the Lufkin district there were 224 crashes with three fatalities and 115 fatalities statewide.

They are numbers that Radke said are too high.

"Please be cautious of the work zones because they are going so often in this area so slow down," Radke said.

TxDOT wants to remind drivers that fines are doubled for traffic violations committed in work zones.