Caltrans worker injured in Nipomo identified

September 10, 2022

Correction: The original CHP report listed Gabino Ibarra as the injured worker, when the injured worker’s name is Jose Perez Hernandez.


The CHP has identified the Caltrans worker who was hit by a truck on Highway 101 near Teftt Street in Nipomo on Friday afternoon as 42-year-old Jose Perez Hernandez of Santa Maria. Hernandez suffered major injuries in the crash.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m., the truck driven by 29-year-old Alexander Ayala of Santa Maria was headed southbound when it veered off the road, crashed into a Caltrans vehicle providing cover for workers, and then hit Hernandez.

First responders transported Hernandez to Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria.

The CHP is investigating the cause of the crash.

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The job of a Highway worker, either with a private construction company or a government agency, is one of the more dangerous occupations from a statistical point of view.

The people who take care of our highways do it with great risk and as we defer projects or maintenance the risk gets greater. One must wonder why our Governor brags of a budget surplus when so much is needed in road improvements now.