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Construction worker struck by vehicle on Yelm Highway

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Utah Department of Transportation employees talk about safety in the work zone and some of the near misses they've had while out on the job in 2017.
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Utah Department of Transportation employees talk about safety in the work zone and some of the near misses they've had while out on the job in 2017.

A construction worker on Yelm Highway was struck by a vehicle Wednesday afternoon, according to Lacey police.

The man, who is in his 40s, was alert and talking to medical personnel before he was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Sgt. Jaime Newcomb said. He suffered a head laceration and may have broken a bone, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening, Newcomb said.

About 2 p.m. Wednesday, the man was working in the median in the 4500 block of Yelm Highway Southeast when he stepped off a curb and was struck by a vehicle.

The driver, a woman in her 70s, was not cited, Newcomb said, because speed was not a factor and she showed no signs of impairment.

Rolf has worked at The Olympian since August 2005. He covers breaking news, the city of Lacey and business for the paper. Rolf graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1990.
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