According to PennDOT assistant press secretary Gene Blaum, James Williams, 51, of Harmonyville, Pa., is in the intensive care unit as of Thursday afternoon.

"All of our thoughts are with Jim and his family during this time. We've been talking to the crews and meeting with some of them individually about what happened," said Blaum. "We're making ourselves available for those who wish to speak to someone."

The eastbound lanes of Route 422 near Township Line Road were closed for over an hour after Williams was struck by a PennDOT dump truck at 2:20 p.m. Feb. 4.

PennDOT was sealing cracks along the roadway and had a traffic pattern set up to block the right travel lane. Blaum said once the operation was finished, the crew began to re-open the lanes. Williams was waving to the traffic with flags to stay to the left while the crew members were picking up orange cones.

A PennDOT dump truck, driven by Paul Smith Jr., 46, of Birdsboro, was backing up in the work area at approximately 5 mph. Smith was unable to see Williams and accidentally struck him, Blaum said Wednesday.

Williams was stuck under the engine of the vehicle for approximately 20 minutes until emergency personnel rescued him, according to state police.

Williams was rushed to a nearby Life Flight 3 helicopter and airlifted to Hahnemann Hospital.

Blaum said PennDOT has reacted immediately to this incident, which is still being investigated.

"All of the managers and supervisors are getting together to discuss safety issues," said Blaum. "We want to see what can be done to prevent something like this from happening again. It's difficult when an incident of this magnitude happens, and it gets taken seriously."

Blaum said Williams is a 30-year veteran of PennDOT's Montgomery County Maintenance Department at the Sanatoga Stockpile.

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