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Traffic workers injured in alleged DUI crash

Two South Carolina traffic workers are recovering from injuries they suffered during an alleged drunk driving accident. The crash, reportedly caused by a 54-year-old man from Charleston occurred when the workers were repairing traffic signals at the intersection of Bees Ferry Road and Glenn McConnell Parkway, according to authorities.

Initial reports show the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel before he plowed through a line of orange barrels that was protecting the workers from traffic. The accident happened at about 2 p.m. on Sept. 20, according to authorities in the area. Emergency responders rushed to the scene to assist the two road workers. Those victims' conditions have not been reported to the media, though they were transported to local hospital facilities after the accident. The workers were installing new traffic signals at the intersection as part of a continuing effort to widen the road in the area. Poles and pedestrian walk signs are being installed as part of a comprehensive effort to revitalize the road.

This is the third incident in which a driver has been charged with a drunk driving offense after reportedly striking a traffic worker in the state this year alone. In August, a 22-year-old flag-holder at a roadside construction site was killed when he was struck by a vehicle that was out-of-control.

In this case, the driver himself admitted that he fell asleep before striking the workers. Even though he may have confessed to falling asleep, his blood alcohol level at the time of the crash has not been released, and it is not clear whether authorities performed comprehensive sobriety tests at the crash scene. This driver may be accused of striking two road workers, but he deserves the same benefits afforded to all other criminal defendants in our unbiased court system.

www.postandcourier.com, "Drunk driver hits two road workers west of the Ashley" Prentiss Findlay, Sep. 20, 2013

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