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2 road workers suffer serious injury in workplace accident

Two road workers have been seriously injured on the job. The men were working on an interstate roadway, removing reflectors when an 18-wheeler rear-ended them. The men, aged 26 and 36, were transported to hospitals immediately following the tragic workplace accident.

The unfortunate incident occurred just prior to 1:30 p.m. on a recent Thursday afternoon. The 26-year-old man needed to be flown to the hospital for medical treatment of his injuries. By last reports, he was listed to be in critical condition. The 36-year-old man was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he was listed to be in good condition the same day after the accident. Both men were employed as contractors. The younger man was in the roadway removing the reflectors, while the older man was driving their vehicle.

Allegedly, the incident occurred after a semi-truck tried to pass traffic by going into their lane. Witnesses say that the semi driver did not hit his breaks prior to the collision. The semi-truck driver's injuries were not severe and although he was treated, he was later released.

Regardless who is blamed for this incident, these two men were working while they suffered their injuries. Although this accident occurred in Indiana and not North Carolina, most workers in the U.S. are covered by some form of workers' compensation insurance. Therefore, these men and their families may wish to investigate the possibility of filing a workers' compensation claim that could bring them financial assistance to pay for their medical care and other types of costs resulting from their injuries.

Source: WISHTV, "Two construction workers injured after being hit by semi on I-70" No author given, May. 29, 2014

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