A Department of Transportation employee has died in an accident just south of the Bonner Bridge, in the area that crews were working to restore following Hurricane sandy.
Officials said 37-year-old Michael Brad Stevenson was killed in the early morning accident, which occurred just south of the Oregon Inlet, on a section of N.C. 12 being repaired after Hurricane Sandy and the recent Nor'easter.
Stevenson, a resident of Hertford, N.C., was a transportation worker in Pasquotank County and had worked for NCDOT for approximately 15 years. He is survived by his wife and their three children.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Stevenson family during this extremely difficult time," said NCDOT Secretary Gene Conti. "The men and women who work to keep N.C. 12, and all of our highways, safe and open for travel are special people. When something like this happens, it hits all of us in the DOT family hard."
The accident involved Stevenson and one other NCDOT employee who was injured. Both were operating dump trucks. The State Highway Patrol is currently investigating.
Parts of highway 12 had just reopened to four-wheel-drive traffic Saturday.
Ferries continue to provide access to the island, including an emergency ferry running from Stumpy Point to Rodanthe. However, the runs of that ferry are limited Sunday because of a mechanical problem with one ferry.