KDOT worker in truck struck by semi

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HOMEWOOD, Kan. (WIBW) -- A highway worker escaped serious injury on Tuesday when a big-rig sideswiped the truck he was in.

The Kansas Dept. of Transportation says bridge inspectors were working on northbound I-35 near Homewood, in Franklin Co.

They say Tim Farquhar was providing traffic control with an arrow board that was in the back of the pick-up truck. A tractor-trailer sideswiped his truck and then rolled onto its side.

Farquhar was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated and released. The semi driver was not injured in the wreck.

KDOT noted that the incident happened two weeks before National Work Zone Awareness Week. As the weather gets warmer and traffic cones start popping up on our roads, it's reminding drivers of the dangers of not paying attention, which is the number one cause of work zone crashes.

Last year, there were an average of four work zone crashes in Kansas every day, claiming the lives of four people and injuring nearly 500 more in all.