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MnDOT flagger struck by vehicle in Big Stone County

MnDOT flagger struck

ORTONVILLE -- A state highway employee who was flagging traffic for road maintenance in Big Stone County was injured Wednesday morning when he was struck by a vehicle.

The accident was reported at 10:44 a.m. on U.S. Highway 12 near Ortonville.

According to the State Patrol, a 2017 Buick LaCrosse driven by Silas George Ulrich, 95, of Ortonville, was going east on Highway 12 when the vehicle struck Lon Eugene Moen, 63, of Odessa.

Moen, who is a flagger working for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, was taken to the Ortonville Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol report.

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The report also indicates Ulrich suffered a non-crash-related medical incident prior to striking Moen.

Road conditions were dry at the time of the incident and alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to the State Patrol.

The Big Stone County Sheriff's Department assisted at the scene.

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