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A Barry County Road Commission employee working in a construction zone in Prairieville Township was hospitalized for treatment of non-life threatening injuries today after being struck by a vehicle driven by an 80-year-old Plainwell man.


Barry County deputies investigation showed that while workers were repairing a guardrail, numerous construction zone signs were posted in both directions prior to the work zone. Vehicles with flashing yellow lights and flaggers were at the north and south ends, directing traffic on the one-lane roadway.


Deputies reported the Plainwell man, the only occupant in the car, was traveling northbound on Doster Road near Merlau Avenue when he continued through the construction zone and struck the flag man and the construction vehicle on the north end. 


Pride Care Ambulance transported the unidentified road commission employee to Borgess Hospital for treatment. Alcohol was not a factor and seatbelts were used.  The incident remains under investigation and will be reviewed by the Barry County Prosecutor’s Office.   

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