Loose Tire From Car Hauler Kills Michigan DOT Worker
Berrien County, MI – An investigation is ongoing after a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) official was struck and killed by a loose semi-trailer tire along I-94 on Wednesday morning.
According to the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office, Kevin White, 48, was killed on Wednesday at approximately 7:15 a.m. near mile marker 33 along westbound I-94.
Officials say his death was caused when two tires from the trailer of a car hauler came loose.
One of the tires then bounced off of a guardrail and struck White while he and another worker were removing a piece of debris from the right shoulder of the interstate.
White was transported to a nearby hospital before eventually succumbing to his injuries.
The big rig is owned by SLT Logistics out of Alto, Michigan, and was driven by a 29-year-old male from Wyoming, Michigan, according to officials.
Authorities say the truck driver is fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation.
MDOT released a statement Wednesday shortly after White’s death.
“MDOT is grieving the loss of one of our own today,” MDOT Director Paul Ajegba said in a news release. “Like everyone building and maintaining our roads, Kevin performed vital work for the public good. Our hearts go out to his loved ones and co-workers.”
White was hired by MDOT in 2010 as a seasonal maintenance worker, then hired full-time in 2014.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor new developments in the case.