Saturday, July 26, 2014

Construction worker struck in K-68 work zone

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 5/15/2014

A construction worker was seriously injured when he was struck by a pickup this morning on K-68 while he was trying to flag down a vehicle in a construction work zone on the east edge of Ottawa, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said.

The sheriff’s office responded to a report of a semi truck rollover 8:43 a.m. today in front of the Walmart Logistics distribution center, 3300 K-68, just east of Ottawa, where a Kansas Department of Transportation-contracted highway milling project is underway, Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said.

A truck loaded with milling materials got its right tires caught in the uneven pavement and rolled into a ditch in front of the distribution center, Richards said. The driver was not injured in the rollover, he said.

While the sheriff’s office was working that wreck, a construction worker was struck by a pickup when he crossed the road to try and flag down a vehicle, Richards said.

“The worker was wearing a reflective vest, but the pickup driver said he didn’t see him,” Richards said. 

The construction worker was treated by Franklin County Emergency Medical Services personnel at the scene and then was transported by Life Star air ambulance to a Kansas City area hospital with possibly serious injuries, Richards said. 

The Kansas Highway Patrol has taken over the investigation of the pedestrian-vehicle incident, Richards said. The highway patrol had not yet released the names of the victim or the pickup driver late Thursday morning. The sheriff’s office had not released the semi truck driver’s name. 

Law enforcement officials closed K-68 from the I-35 interchange in Ottawa about 11 miles east to the K-68 and K-33 intersection, Richards said. That stretch of K-68 remained closed late Thursday morning.

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