NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Three MoDOT workers were injured when a car crashed into their truck early Wednesday morning in North Kansas City.
Markl Johnson with MoDOT confirms three MoDOT workers were parked on the shoulder of I-35 near 16th Avenue around 1:10 a.m. adjusting the chains on the snow plow of their vehicle when someone driving a 2006 Mazda crashed into the MoDOT truck.
Two employees were taken to area hospital for treatment, and one refused to go to the hospital. Johnson says one of the employees taken to the hospital has been released. One is still in the hospital.
"They are extremely lucky," MoDOT assistant district engineer Chris Redline said. "There was one employee that was standing right in the path of the vehicle, and he had just moved around the truck to get a tool."
The driver of the other vehicle was going 60-70 mph when they crashed into the MoDOT truck. That diver went down an embankment and their vehicle flipped three to four times.
The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and only sustained minor injuries, fled the scene. Police were able to find him 30 minutes later.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the driver of the Mazda was under the influence of alcohol. It is unclear what charges that driver will face.
"If you see our trucks on the road, please just slow down and move over and give us some room," Redline added. "Because we're out there for a reason, trying to keep things safe. Our employees want to go home in one piece."