Construction worker killed on I-71 identified, woman in custody


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BROOK PARK, Ohio - One construction worker was killed, another injured in a crash along I-71 in Brook Park.

The crash happened in a construction zone on I-71 around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday between I-480 and Snow Road.

I-71 was closed for several hours in the area.

In a news release, Brook Park police said one of the construction workers was pronounced dead at the scene.

He's been identified as 61-year-old Rafael Solis, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office.

The other, who was found unresponsive, was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Brook Park police chief Thomas Dickel says that man is still receiving treatment.

His identity has not been released.

FOX 8 has learned they were TraffTech Inc. employees.

Police found a heavily damaged car in front of the Chipotle on Bagley Road in Middleburg Heights about a mile from the crash.

Brook Park police responded to that scene as well.

Brook Park police chief Thomas Dickel says a 31-year-old woman at that scene was in custody and was treated at the hospital.

She has not been identified.

Brook Park police say charges are pending.

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"Our hearts are broken. These contractors were simply trying to make our roads better," ODOT spokesperson Matt Bruning wrote on Twitter.

"Last year in Ohio four highway workers, including ODOT's John Pasko were killed on the job. Please pay extra attention when you see roadside workers."

ODOT released an additional statement Thursday afternoon:

“The Ohio Department of Transportation sends our sincere condolences to the family and co-workers of the TraffTech Inc. employee that was killed, and our thoughts are with the employee who was injured. The men and women building and maintaining our roadways have family, friends, and loved ones they want to go home to at the end of every shift. While there are many safety precautions in place to keep these workers safe, motorists must do their part by slowing down or moving over when approaching roadside workers. Not only is it the right thing to do, it’s the law.”
– John Picuri, District 12 Deputy Director

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