RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - NCDOT has re-opened the four-wheeled drive only access are of N.C. 12 for daylight travel only. NCDOT closed the road after an early morning accident that killed an employee working on the road south of the Oregon Inlet.
N.C. 12 access will be closed to traffic at dark. NCDOT is working with local officials to find an alternate travel options. Until then, N.C. 12 will be open during daylight hours for four-wheel drive vehicles only.
According to the NCDOT, Michael Brad Stevenson, 37, was killed Sunday morning on a section of N.C. 12 that is being repaired after Hurricane Sandy and the Nor'easter. The incident involved Stevenson and another employee who was injured. They were both operating dump trucks.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Stevenson family during this extremely difficult time," said NCDOT Secretary Gene Conti. "The men and women who work to keep N.C. 12, and all of our highways, safe and open for travel are special people. When something like this happens, it hits all of us in the DOT family hard."
Stevenson, from Hertford, N.C., was a transportation worker in Pasquotank County and had worked with NCDOT for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and their three children.
"Brad had worked for the department for over 15 years, " said Jerry Jennings, Division 1 Engineer. "He was excellent equipment operator and a very loyal and dedicated employee – the kind of person everyone liked to work with."
The State Highway Patrol is currently investigating.
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