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2 MnDOT workers hit by car on Interstate 35 in Burnsville

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MnDOT installing 1,500 ft of concrete flood barrier along northbound 35W between Cliff Road and Black Dog Road Sunday evening. (MnDOT photo) MnDOT installing 1,500 ft of concrete flood barrier along northbound 35W between Cliff Road and Black Dog Road Sunday evening. (MnDOT photo)
BURNSVILLE, Minn. (KMSP) -

Two MnDOT workers were injured – one critically – when their truck was hit by a car on Interstate 35 in Burnsville, Minn. Sunday afternoon. The workers were putting down traffic cones to mark a lane closure when they were struck by a car that failed to move over.

One of the workers – 43-year-old Ronald McDeis of Champlin, Minn. – is in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center. The other worker – 57-year-old Dennis Scott of Rockford, Minn. – suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The lane closures on I-35 were required for the construction of a concrete flood barrier in the Burnsville area.

“Every day, our employees put on their boots and hard hats and work to make the roads safer for motorists,” said MnDOT Deputy Commissioner Sue Mulvihill. “It is critical that drivers remember that public employees have a right to return home safely to their families at the end of their shift.”

The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the crash. The driver of the car -- 25-year-old Christopher McCarthy of Mound, Minn. -- was booked into the Dakota County Jail for criminal vehicular operation, “operating a vehicle in a grossly negligent manner.” McCarthy will be released from jail Tuesday, with a decision on charges expected  in the coming weeks.

MnDOT said it will being doing a safety audit of the crash to see what, if any, improvements they can make to help ensure their workers’ safety.

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