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MnDOT worker injured after being struck by car on I-94, alcohol involved

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A state transportation employee was seriously injured Sunday night after being struck by a car as he was working on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol's report, a 24-year-old Oakdale man who was driving the car that struck Kenneth Moreau, 61, of Faribault, had been drinking. His blood-alcohol content was not released.

Around 7:30 p.m., Moreau was clearing debris from the roadway near 42nd Ave. N when the vehicle traveling southbound barreled into him, causing non-life threatening injuries. Moreau was transported to North Memorial Medical Center.

The State Patrol says the driver, who was uninjured, was arrested at the scene, according to KARE 11, and booked for not having a driver's license or insurance, giving false information to police, careless driving and having an open bottle.

The suspect also violated Minnesota's Move Over Law, implemented in 2006, which requires drivers to move over one full lane away from stopped emergency, maintenance and construction vehicles.

Advocates of the law say hundreds of workers are either injured or killed every year after being struck by vehicles while on duty.

MnDOT said 11 highway workers were killed on Minnesota roadways in 2010 as a result of drivers not obeying the law. Between 1960 and 2011, careless driving is to blame for the deaths of 46 highway workers, including 33 MnDOT employees, who were killed on the job.

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