UPDATE-2: Shovel from Truck Hits Highway Worker - WBAY

UPDATE-2: Shovel from Truck Hits Highway Worker

Outagamie County - A highway worker suffered head injuries after being hit by a shovel that fell out of a truck, according to the Fox Valley Metro Police Department. It was the second time this month an Outagamie County highway worker was injured on the job.

This latest accident happened Thursday morning on US Highway 441 in Little Chute.

The employee was in the median, placing construction signs along the southbound lanes at the Fox River, when a shovel flew off a passing pickup truck. The worker required nine staples in the top of his head. He was released from the hospital the same day and is recovering at home.

Police believe the driver was switching lanes when it happened. The truck kept on going, but police say the driver may have been unaware that anything happened.

Police are looking for an older model, white Ford F250 or Ford F350 with a ladder or utility rack that was on Highway 441 around 8 or 8:15 A.M.

"Any cargo you're carrying, whether it's on top, on the bed of a vehicle, however it's secured it's got to be tight. It's got to be so it can't fall off and cause something like this," Ed Slinde, Fox Valley Metro Police Department, said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the vehicle to call Officer Ryan Peterson at 920-788-7505 or email Ryan.Peterson@fvmpd.org.

Barrels and detour signs are put out to keep traffic safe, but the county executive says we have to remember that people put them there, and to look out for their safety, too.

"We're just asking people to add a few minutes onto their commute. Take a few minutes to tie down your rig, make sure you're driving safely," County Executive Thomas Nelson said.

Nelson says this isn't an isolated incident. Earlier this month, another county worker was hit by a car in a construction zone in Kimberly.

"We're seeing a pattern, and it's a concern. We want to do something about it," Nelson said.

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