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Construction worker hit by dump truck

By Emiley Morgan and Nkoyo Iyamba | Posted - Sep. 29, 2011 at 12:22 p.m.

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DRAPER — A 30-year-old construction worker remains in critical condition after he was injured early Thursday when he was struck by a dump truck on I-15.

The man was hit just before 4 a.m. on northbound I-15 near 14300 South while he was removing traffic barrels, Unified Fire Authority Capt. Lee Ascarte said. Construction workers farther up on the roadway had apparently opened the lane.

"The consensus from multiple people was that the worker who was struck didn't expect any traffic in that lane," Ascarte said. "It sounds like there was a miscommunication between the workers."

Several of the workers witnessed the incident. They were in the proximity and saw the dump truck coming down the ramp but was unable to let the man know the truck was coming in time.

Coworkers of the man came to help and the driver of the dump truck stopped immediately and called 911. Ascarte said he was "obviously distraught over the incident."

The injured worker suffered multiple fractures and a head injury and was transported to an area hospital in less than 30 minutes.

The Utah Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation into the incident to determine why the road was open while crews were still working there.

Written by Emiley Morgan, with contributions from Nkoyo Iyamba.


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