Exclusive: VDOT worker describes getting hit while helping driver on I-264

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — It’s Scott Livingston’s job to make sure people get home safe, and he wants people to do the same for him.

Livingston was helping a disabled car on I-264 near Rosemont Road in Virginia Beach on Friday morning when he saw a car coming up from behind.

In an exclusive interview with 10 On Your Side, Livingston, who was inside his VDOT truck at the time, said he knew he was about to be hit so he closed his eyes and relaxed his body to prepare for impact.

“I just closed my eyes and relaxed because I always heard that tensing up would make it worse,” Livingston said.

The driver hit the corner of his truck, and after the impact Livingstone alerted VDOT that he was OK.

“As soon as I opened my eyes when everything came to a stop, I jumped out, let dispatch know I was OK, and kicked into job mode basically,” he said.

He says the other driver needed help.

“We had to stop all traffic for fire and rescue to cut him out of the vehicle.”

Though it’s the first crash he’s been involved in while assisting someone on the side of the road, Livingston was in one of three VDOT trucks hit last week within a 12-hour period.

He says VDOT workers are part of the Move Over Law and people need to remember that, or at the very least slow down.

“It’s a pretty dangerous job, every day you see people texting and not paying attention, swerving and not using blinkers, driving without headlights when it’s raining, all kinds of crazy stuff out there,” he said.

That’s why Livingston wants to remind people to move over or slow down when they see their flashing lights or the lights of first responders.

“I know some times it’s hard especially with a lot of traffic we have to move over, but just slow down, pay attention especially when lights and arrow boards are on the truck,” Livingston said.

It’s not only a measure put in place to keep people like Livingston safe, it’s also the law.

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