CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A state Division of Highways worker was in critical condition after a vehicle struck him in a Nicholas County work zone on Wednesday.
The worker, whose name has not been released, was the second state road employee hit by a car since Saturday. The incidents prompted highways officials to urge motorists to slow down and use caution in work zones.
Both workers were injured while clearing roadside debris left by Superstorm Sandy, Department of Transportation spokeswoman Carrie Bly said.
The first incident, which occurred along Gilman Road in Randolph County on Saturday, may result in criminal charges for the driver.
Bly said that as workers were clearing brush, a vehicle swerved too close to the work area, narrowly missing one worker and striking another. The driver left the scene.
"The person hit him and just kept going," Bly said.
Workers wrote down the license plate number and turned it over to police.
The worker suffered only minor injuries, Bly said. As a precaution, he was flown to a local hospital for evaluation and released.
"Luckily, he was just scraped and bruised," Bly said. "He's just a little sore."
It wasn't clear how fast the driver was going, she said. But charges of leaving the scene of an accident still could be filed.
The second incident occurred along W.Va. 39 in Nicholas County Wednesday morning as a group of trucks passed a DOH work crew.
Bly said one truck appeared to have been trying to catch up with the rest of the group when it struck the DOH worker flagging traffic around the road crew.
"He was actually pinned at one point between the vehicle and one of our vehicles," Bly said.