Employee Marty Crane was killed on Ohio 60

JACKSONTOWN – An Ohio Department of Transportation employee was killed Friday in a work zone accident on Ohio 60 in Muskingum County, according to an ODOT press release. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating after Marvin “Marty” Crane’s death was ruled an accident. The Times Recorder welcomes comments from ODOT and the Ohio State Highway Patrol and will update the story as more information becomes available.

Marty Crane

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the devastating news of the death of our team member and friend of ODOT,” ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks said in the release. “He died tragically while performing his duties. His death leaves a void among us and reminds us of the fragility and preciousness of life.” Memorials are already being placed in front of the ODOT facility in Perry County, where Crane was hired by ODOT in 2009 as a highway technician. His passion for construction led him. According to the release, in August he was promoted to the ODOT construction office, where he worked as a project inspector. “Marty embodied excellence every day,” ODOT District 5 Deputy Director Jason Sturgeon said in the release. “His passion for his work was evident in everything he did, and his commitment and positive attitude inspired everyone around him. He truly loved his job and approached every task with enthusiasm and integrity.” The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Public Employment Risk Reduction Program are also investigating because the incident occurred at an active workplace.

Memorial display at the Perry County ODOT garage following the death of Marty Crane.