ODOT employee killed in highway construction site

*Attached video: Safety concerns regarding ODOT highway workers are addressed

JACKSONTOWN, Ohio (WJW) – An Ohio Department of Transportation employee died Friday following an incident in a work zone.

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, the incident occurred on Friday, June 7, on State Route 60 in Muskingum County.

Marvin “Marty” Crane was hired by ODOT in 2009 as a road construction engineer in Perry County, the press release said. In August 2023, he was promoted to ODOT’s construction office, where he worked as a project inspector.

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the devastating news of the loss of our ODOT team member and friend Marvin “Marty” Crane. He was tragically killed in the line of duty,” ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks said in the press release. “His passing leaves a void within us and reminds us of the fragility and preciousness of life.”

Jason Sturgeon, deputy director of ODOT District 5, said in the press release, “Marty embodied excellence every day. His passion for his work was evident in everything he did, and his dedication and positive attitude inspired everyone around him. He truly loved his job and approached every task with enthusiasm and integrity.”

Crane’s death is currently being investigated by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation Public Employment Risk Reduction Program, the press release said.

No further details about the crash were released.