CLEVELAND - A construction worker was hit by a truck while working in a construction zone on State Route 176 in Cleveland late Monday morning.
It's unclear at this time what led up to the truck driving through the barrier and cones and into the work zone, causing one worker to be seriously injured and rushed to MetroHealth. There is no word on the victim's condition at this time.
Cleveland police are investigating the incident to find out exactly what happened and why the truck drove right through a clearly marked construction zone.
"We almost get hit every day. Every day," said Mark Fourtounis, the owner of the construction company running the project on 176.
Fourtounis saw the whole thing happen.
"Traffic won't allow you to move real fast, and people try to dodge and weave, and I think maybe that's what happened here. He came up behind the guardrail and he was going so fast, he traveled probably 2,000 feet behind our construction zone where the guys were working," Fourtounis said.
Fourtounis said the truck hit the barrier wall they hadn't secured yet. One worker was pinned with his back to traffic between two walls, smashing his legs.
"He blacked out for a minute. My heart was racing," he said.
Now he's hoping his employee is able to make a full recovery.
"I am hoping for the sake of all of us and his family. I tried to go to the hospital and they wouldn't let me in, because they were doing some procedures on him."
Unfortunately, this is not the first time an accident like this has happened, even with laws in place to prevent them. On Friday, News 5 spoke with Amanda McFarland with the Ohio Department of Transportation about Ohio's Move Over Law. Moving over for law enforcement, first responders, and ODOT and construction workers on the side of the road isn't just the right thing to do — it's the law. Drivers can be ticketed for not slowing down and moving over.