LAGRANGE TWP. – Ohio Highway Patrol is investigating a crash involving a driver and a NEXUS pipeline construction worker about 10 a.m. Monday.
Derek Swanson, 18 said he was driving with his sister southbound on Diagonal Road between Kipton Nickle Plate Road and Parsons Road when the accident occurred. Swanson said he was driving at about 55 mph when saw a tan SUV crossing the road westbound from one construction site to another and tried to stop.
Swanson hit the SUV on its passenger side and skidded to a halt. No serious injuries were reported, but Swanson did cut his right ankle. The driver of the SUV was identified as Shannon Griffith, a worker for one of the contractors for the NEXUS Pipeline, troopers said.
Another construction worker was also injured May 14 when a wooden plank struck him at the site on Law Road at state Route 83 in Grafton Township.
“Nexus’ first concern is for the individuals involved and ultimately for the safety of our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate,” said Adam Parker, NEXUS spokesman via email Monday. “We are cooperating with local authorities in the investigation of the incident.”
The NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline project, first proposed in August 2014, is a business partnership of Detroit-based DTE Energy and Spectra Energy, which is owned by Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Inc.
The about 255-mile, $2.1 billion pipeline would have the capacity to deliver about 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to markets in Ohio, Michigan and Ontario.
Construction on the project began in October after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave it a green light, and the pipeline is targeted to be in service late in the third quarter of this year.
Construction of the pipeline began in spring.