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ODOT truck struck on I-480 at Ridge Road overnight

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Posted at 7:17 AM, Apr 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-21 17:03:09-04

CLEVELAND — An Ohio Department of Transportation truck was struck in the eastbound lanes of I-480 at Ridge Road overnight.

A gray 2020 Hyundai Palisade struck an ODOT pothole patching crew's attenuator, a device designed to absorb the impact when hit, on I-480 eastbound just before midnight.

Video in the media player below shows the moment an SUV stuck an ODOT truck:

Video shows moment when SUV hits ODOT truck

An ODOT employee was in the truck pulling the attenuator when it was struck.

The employee was taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The 24-year-old driver was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance ahead.

ODOT said this is the 77th time ODOT workers, vehicles or pieces of equipment were struck this year. It's the seventh time a pothole patching crew has been struck this year.

Ohio law requires drivers to move over to an adjacent lane when approaching any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadway. When motorists are unable to do so because of traffic or weather conditions, they should slow down and proceed with caution.

The Move Over law exists in all 50 states.

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