KDOT contract worker seriously injured after struck by pickup - KCTV5


KDOT contract worker seriously injured after struck by pickup

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A KDOT contract worker was seriously hurt after he was struck by a pickup just outside of Ottawa.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office responded to an accident in a construction work zone in the 3100 block of Highway K68 about 8:45 a.m. Thursday.

A semi, loaded with asphalt millings, rolled over and came to rest in the ditch. There were no injuries reported in the accident.

However, while working the accident, another accident occurred.

A Kansas Department of Transportation contract worker was crossing the highway when he was struck by a pickup shortly after 9 a.m.

The driver of the truck, which was heading west on Highway K68, remained on the scene. The victim was transported by helicopter to an area hospital.

The latest crash was no isolated incident. According to KDOT, from 2009 to 2013 there have been 5,569 work zone accidents statewide, resulting in 26 fatalities.

One driver who uses Highway K68 daily said he's mindful of work zones, even if some of his fellow drivers aren't.

"Oh yea, I try to do the speed limit. The speed limit is 45 and most people ride your butt if you're doing the speed limit," said Dale Brad of Ottawa.

Lt. Joseph Kellerman with the Kansas Highway Patrol said Thursday's accident should serve as a reminder that work zones require extra caution from drivers.

"KDOT marks these construction zones very well. You should know you're entering these and you should just assume there are going to be people on the roadway, whether it's day or night, that they're going to be out there working," he said. "Anytime anybody is getting hit, anytime you've got our highway workers getting hit, our law enforcement getting hit on the side of the road, we as the public who are also driving, we need to give these people room to work."

Traffic on the highway was shut down in both directions and was being diverted at Highway K68 and Interstate 35 and at Highway K68 and Highway K33 while crews worked to clear the scene.

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