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SALT LAKE CITY — A woman suspected of driving under the influence drove into a work zone and hit a construction worker on I-215 Tuesday afternoon, the Utah Highway Patrol reported.
The contract laborer for the Utah Department of Transportation was fixing a barrier guard rail at the time of the accident, according to UHP Sgt. Todd Royce. Investigators said the woman ran onto the shoulder near where I-215 connects with I-80 eastbound and struck the worker.
“She stated that she hit some ice and went off the road, but there is no ice in the roadway,” said Sgt. Rich Nielson. “We were talking to her and could smell the odor of alcohol.”
Investigators found alcohol containers inside the woman’s vehicle, according to Nielsen. He said the woman, who is in her 30s, was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
The worker, who is approximately 40 years old, was in fair condition with injuries that are not considered to be life-threatening, according to the UHP.
Contributing: Tammy Kikuchi, Dave Cawley