TRACY, Mo. — The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating after a Missouri Department of Transportation supervisor was hit and killed in Platte County Monday morning while putting up road signs, warning drivers of flooding.
The Platte River winds around Platte County and for the most part behaves in its banks, but with the amount of rain lately it is up and out of its banks. Flooding caused problems in several places including Tracy.
Lloyd Crawford, 61, was setting out the signs around 9 a.m. when the highway patrol said a driver hit him. The river was out of its banks and closed down a small but busy stretch of road at 273 and 92 highways.
“We did hear something,” said Pamela Gore, who was setting up her J&J Fireworks stand when the accident happened around 9am. “It sounded like brakes. Like someone possibly had either hit another car or we found out later, had had a person.”
MoDOT said Crawford worked for the department for nearly 18 years. He began working for MoDOT in December of 2003 as a seasonal maintenance worker and, after working various other maintenance positions, was promoted to maintenance supervisor in December 2019.
The highway patrol says a 70-year-old man from Weston hit Crawford as he was putting up a road closed sign on 273 North. The force slammed Crawford into another pickup parked on the shoulder of the road.
“Our sympathy and prayers go out to Lloyd’s family,” said MoDOT Kansas City District Engineer Chris Redline. “Lloyd was a friend to many and will be missed by us all. He was a valuable employee and had a long history with MoDOT. Our hearts are heavy.”
Missouri State Highway Patrol does not believe that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash, but is looking into whether distracted driving played a part