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INDOT worker injured after being struck on US 35 in Wayne County

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Posted at 2:12 PM, May 24, 2023

WAYNE COUNTY — An INDOT worker suffered multiple injuries after being struck while working on US 35 in Wayne County on Tuesday.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to US 35 near Brooks Road in Williamsburg after a report of a Indiana State Highway worker being struck while setting up traffic cones.

The worker, who has been identified as Joseph Greene, 33, was found to have been struck by a vehicle at the scene. He was alert and conscious, but suffering from lacerations to his head, legs and back, according to the sheriff's office. He also had possible internal injuries.

Investigators say a 34-year-old woman was driving a Ford Escape when she disregarded a flagman stopping northbound traffic.

The driver, Katherine Potts, reportedly drove around the flagman, his vehicle and two warning signs before continuing northbound for a quarter mile and driving head on into the path of a state highway truck.

Witnesses at the scene say Potts never slowed down. As she got close to the construction, investigators say the truck driver blared his horn and Greene jumped from the back to avoid being on the truck if it was struck. At the last second, Potts allegedly veered around the truck and struck Greene.

Potts was transported to Reid Hospital in Richmond for a toxicology screening, according to WCSO.

The accident remains under investigation.