photo of Jeremiah Rock, Maintenance Operator One

Jeremiah Rock / Maintenance Operator One
“We were painting safety lines near Somerset and even with multiple message boards and three trucks with arrows, a speeding passenger van cut into our convoy and rear-ended my truck. I was taken to the hospital by ambulance, shaken but thankfully not hurt. Pay attention to the cones and signs. We just want to go home to our families.”

photo of Mike Kates, Maintenance Operator One

Mike Kates / Maintenance Operator One
“I’ve had two incidents in three years. First, a tractor trailer going 60 mph hit my partner’s dump truck as I ran a shoulder sweeper. My partner could never work again. Second, during a cleaning operation, a driver looking at his radio hit my attenuator truck. With all the warning signs, I keep wondering, ‘how can you miss us?’ Stop trying to do so much in your car and make driving your only focus. Literally, you’re killing us.”

photo of Mark Huss, Equipment Operator One

Mark Huss / Equipment Operator One
“During an ice removal job, I was driving an attenuator truck when my co-worker radioed that a tractor trailer was headed straight for us. It hit the back of my truck and my head snapped back, breaking my window. I was pushed 1/10 of a mile and the truck lost a load of steel trusses. Being hit definitely makes you more aware of what can really happen when people drive distracted. Don’t drive distracted. Pay attention to signs instead of your phone, passengers or dashboard gadgets.”

photo of Michael Lombardo, Toll Collector

Michael Lombardo / Toll Collector
“I was in my booth when I saw a tractor trailer headed straight toward me. I was lifted up on a hot gust of wind, like a bomb going off, then I hit the cement and my clothes caught fire. It was chaos. I was in West Penn’s burn unit for two weeks, had two surgeries and was off for five months. I’ve come a long way, but I still don’t like fireworks, bonfires or loud noises. Do everything at the booth when you’re completely stopped. Don’t search under your seat for your wallet or ticket while you’re still moving.”

photo of Joe Hora, Toll Collector

Joe Hora / Toll Collector
“From my booth, I heard a loud boom and saw this two-story-high wall of fire. My co-worker Mike’s booth had just been hit by a tractor trailer going 60 mph. He was thrown clear, and on fire. I pulled his clothes off and got him to the edge of the highway. After that, I was hesitant to go back in my booth, but I do, every day. Do one thing at a time. In a toll lane, read the signs, slow down and get off your phone. “

photo of Michelle Prestopine, District Manager, Fare Collection

Michelle Prestopine /
District Manager, Fare Collection

“I was in my office when I heard the loudest crash I’ve ever heard. I ran out and everything was on fire. An 80,000 lb. tractor trailer had hit my co-worker Mike’s booth and its load of floor wax caught fire. Mike survived, but the driver didn’t. We do everything we can to have safety processes in place because the worst can, and does, happen. These are real people, doing a dangerous job. Don’t worry about your money or your ticket ‘til you’re stopped.”