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DOH worker hit by car while directing traffic

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An employee with the Division of Highways was hit by a moving vehicle Wednesday morning.

The worker was stationed along Route 39 in Nicholas County, flagging passing cars, when a driver hit him.

The man belonged to a Division of Highways crew clearing up the area in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Nicholas County was one of the worst areas hit in our region, buried in more than three feet of flakes in some parts.

The driver hit the worker, knocking him 25 feet, and then pinned him against a truck, according to DOH county administrator John Jarrell.

He added the employee is suffering from broken ribs, among other injuries, and is in serious condition.

The employee was taken to a Charleston hospital.

"I'm surprised we don't have more of this," Jarrell said.

For the second time in less than a week, state employees working on the road have been hit by passing cars. On Saturday, Nov. 10, a driver struck another DOH worker in Randolph County--a hit-and-run situation.

As winter inches closer and road conditions worsen, Jarrell reminds drivers to pay attention.

"We have plenty of signs, but when they enter a work zone, they just need to slow down," Jarrell said.