Worker hit by driver in Route 24 construction zone

By WEEK Producer

July 15, 2013 Updated Jul 15, 2013 at 7:09 PM CDT

FULTON COUNTY, Ill. -- A construction worker is in serious condition after being hit by a driver in a work zone on Monday.

The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. Monday on Route 24 near Banner.

Scott Ketcham, a supervisor for United Contractors Midwest said one lane of the highway was closed as crews were removing reflectors. Flaggers with stop signs were stationed at both ends directing traffic.

Ketcham said flagger, Cheryl Foster, had stopped a vehicle on the eastbound side when she saw another car approaching at a fast speed. She attempted to jump out of the way and landed in a ditch.

"The vehicle did not strike the car that was stopped, but instead went into the ditch here and struck her as she was taking evasive action," said Ketcham.

Foster is in serious condition at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Fulton County Sheriff's Deputies arrested the driver, Jody Johnson, 41, for driving with a suspended license.

Authorities remind motorists to slow down in construction zones.