Worker hit in Hwy 50 construction zone

A woman holding a flag at a construction site is injured on Hwy 50 in Moniteau County.

An accident near a construction site on Highway 50 in Moniteau County sent a construction worker to the hospital.

The MO Highway Patrol reports 47 year old Donna Calvin was seriously injured just after 8am Tuesday morning while holding a flag at a a construction site. It happened about 300 feet west of Route BB. Calvin was taken by ambulance to St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson CIty.

The patrol's crash report indicates the accident happened when a pick-up truck driven by 19 year-old Travis Volkert was stopped in traffic and was rear eneded by a car driven by 24 year-old Megan Doyle. The impact sent the pick-up into Calvin.

Doyle was not injured, Volkert suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Capital Region Medical Center.

Mo-DOT offers the following statistics on work zone accidents.

In 2013, 8 people were killed in work zones, compared to 7 in 2012.

Between 2009 and 2013, 53 people were killed and 2,781 people were injured in Missouri work zones.

Since 2000, 16 MoDOT employees have been killed in the line of duty.

The top five contributing circumstances for work zone crashes in 2013 were following too closely, improper lane use or changing lanes, inattention, driving too fast for conditions, and failure to yield -- in that order.

The best defense in a work zone crash, or any crash, is a seat belt. In 2013, 63 percent of vehicle occupant fatalities were not wearing a seat belt.