Two construction workers injured after being hit by semi

Two construction workers were injured after being hit by a semi on Interstate 70 Thursday, May 29, 2014. (WISH Photo/Chopper 8)
Two construction workers were injured after being hit by a semi on Interstate 70 Thursday, May 29, 2014. (WISH Photo/Chopper 8)

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — The two construction workers who were hit by a semi on I-70 near Greenfield have been identified. Police said all lanes of I-70 were reopened on Thursday around 5:45 p.m.

Police said Mark Evans, 36, and Willie Pittman, 26, were removing interstate reflectors when their truck was rear-ended by a semi.

It happened just before 1:30 p.m. at the 103 mile marker, near the Greenfield exit. The crash shut down the interstate completely for several hours.

Public Information Officer Derek Towle with Greenfield Police said Pittman was flown to St. Vincent in critical condition.

Photo shows the crash scene where two construction workers were injured after being hit by a semi on Interstate 70 Thursday, May 29, 2014. (WISH Photo)
Photo shows the crash scene where two construction workers were injured after being hit by a semi on Interstate 70 Thursday, May 29, 2014. (WISH Photo)

Evans was taken to Methodist Hospital via ambulance. Hospital officials confirmed Evans was in good condition, as of Thursday evening.

Police said both Evans and Pittman were contractors for INDOT. Evans was driving while Pittman was removing the reflectors when the crash happened.

Towle said Pittman was clearing the reflectors out of the right-hand lane on I-70 when a semi attempted to go around traffic in that lane and rear-ended the truck.

Witnesses told police it didn’t appear that the semi driver hit the brakes at any point during the crash.

The semi driver has been identified as Daniel Kebebe, 37, of Blacklick, Ohio.

Kebebe was treated and released, according to police.

Police have not said if any charges will be filed as of Thursday evening.

Around 3:30 p.m., the eastbound lanes of I-70 were reopened. The westbound lanes were reopened to traffic around 5:45 p.m.

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