Construction worker ticketed after being struck by tanker truck

By WEEK Producer

April 22, 2014 Updated Apr 22, 2014 at 9:59 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- A construction worker has been ticketed for "improper walking on the roadway" after he was struck by a tanker truck on westbound Interstate 74 Tuesday morning.

The worker was with a crew hired to put up traffic control signals for work expected to begin Wednesday on the Murray Baker Bridge.

According to Illinois State Police, the truck was traveling westbound on Interstate 74 just before the Washington Street exit when the worker walked out into the right lane to retrieve an item that had blown into the roadway.

The driver swerved to miss the worker but was unable to avoid him. The worker was clipped by the semi before it left the road and overturned in a ditch. According to officials, the workers' injuries were not life threatening.

The driver of the truck was not injured or ticketed.

The crash happened just before 8 a.m. and brought traffic on westbound Interstate 74 to a stand still.

The truck, which was carrying organic fertilizer, was eventually up righted and removed from the scene.

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