Car Injures State Worker in Construction Zone

October 5, 2010

A 46-year-old state Transportation Department worker was seriously injured when he was struck by a car driven into a Salem road construction project.

Salem police say Philip Lane of Corvallis, Ore., was standing on the side of Kuebler Boulevard by Interstate 5 when he was struck by a westbound car.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports the car continued until it struck the back of a street sweeper, causing substantial damage.

Lane and the 17-year-old driver were transported by medics to Salem Hospital. The teenager had what police called minor injuries.

Police say alcohol consumption by the driver appears to be a major contributing factor and criminal charges are pending.

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