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MDOT worker hailed as a hero following I-96 crash

Posted at 5:35 PM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 17:36:36-04

MILFORD (WXYZ) — An MDOT contract worker suffered serious injuries Wednesday night after Michigan State Police said he was a struck by a suspected drunk driver.

It happened in Milford near Kent Lake along westbound I-96, where the worker was putting out signs for upcoming work.

MDOT spokesperson Diane Cross said the worker warned fellow crew members of the danger moments before he was hit.

"The gentleman who was hurt had just yelled at one of his coworkers to get out of the way, that a car was coming," Cross said. "So he saved the life of his coworker and then ended up being hurt on the road."

The 34-year-old male driver was arrested Wednesday.

The injured MDOT worker was taken to Providence Hospital with serious injuries. He's expected to recover.

"Those folks are trying to do their job on the side of the road with often only an illuminated vest or something to warn people to watch for them. Drivers really need to do their part," Cross told 7 Action News.