PennDOT worker flown to Pittsburgh hospital after hit by truck in Monongahela

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A PennDOT worker was taken by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital after he was hit by a pickup this morning in Monongahela, Washington County, police said.

Monongahela police Chief Brian Tempest said the man did not suffer life-threatening injuries when a Ford Ranger hit him while he was flagging traffic on Fourth Street shortly before 7:30 a.m.

The investigation is ongoing, but Chief Tempest said the crash was an accident.

The Ranger's driver told police she turned onto Fourth Street when the sun crested the hillside and obstructed her view, preventing her from seeing the flagger, Chief Tempest said.

Another worker in the area told police he saw the flagger standing in the northbound lane with a stop sign in his right hand. The truck approached slowly and hit the flagger in the leg, which caused him to buckle and fall to the ground, the man told police.

Police are not yet releasing the names of the driver and flagger.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede.


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