MoDOT worker speaks out after being hit by motorists twice

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 7:41 AM

 (KMOV) – A Missouri Department of Transportation worker has been hit on two different occasions by drivers not paying attention.

Daryl Swindle said he was in his construction truck on I-70 west in St. Charles County on Wednesday when the incident occurred.

"I noticed he wasn't able to get back over and in my mind he didn't have enough time to stop so I floored it to get out of his way,” he said.

But the big truck, he said, couldn’t move fast enough and then hit him, smashing the trailer with a flashing warning arrow.

It was the second time in the last 14 months that Swindle’s truck was hit by a motorist on the same highway.

This week, MoDOT is trying to tell drivers to wake up around construction zones.

"It is dangerous out there because I see people texting, talking on the phone, reading the paper doing everything but driving,” said Swindle.

In recent years, Illinois has turned to hidden speed cameras in work zones - but they’re not used in Missouri. Fines though can run high - as much as $10,000 for killing or injuring a worker.

Mobile users click here to see MoDOT Safety video.

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