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Family Of Injured CDOT Worker Urges Drivers To Slow Down

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GREELEY, Colo. (AP) – Two Colorado highway workers have been injured in the second crash involving road crews in a week.

The latest accident happened Friday morning in Greeley as highway crews were setting up a lane closure for a bridge inspection. Transportation department spokeswoman Stacey Stegman said two workers were sitting in a vehicle when it was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer driving on the shoulder.

She said the injuries to the woman and man aren’t life-threatening.

The crash happened a week after highway worker David Wright was hit along Interstate 70 near Evergreen. He remains hospitalized in serious condition.

Colorado law requires drivers on divided multilane highways to slow down and move one lane away from emergency vehicles or Colorado Department of Transportation vehicles that are stopped on a roadway.

On Friday, Wright’s daughter Mindy McIntyre asked drivers to give workers a safe zone.

“We’re accustomed to taking extra care when driving around school buses, and I ask that you offer the same level of respect and care around emergency response and maintenance workers,” she said. “They’re human, and they’re breakable, and their families and friends want them to come home safely every day.”

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