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NDDOT worker seriously injured after being pinned by vehicle on I-94

Ryan Jamieson, a 46-year-old man from West Fargo, had been working for the DOT on a cable median barrier on I-94 near Casselton prior to the crash.

Casselton DOT crash
Firefighter on scene near a damaged NDDOT vehicle after a crash on Interstate 94 near Casselton, North Dakota on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022.
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CASSELTON, N.D. — A North Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT) worker was seriously injured after being pinned against the median barrier by a vehicle on Interstate 94 on Wednesday.

Ryan Jamieson, a 46-year-old man from West Fargo, had been working on a cable median barrier on I-94 near mile marker 335 near Casselton prior to the crash.

Around 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Charles Hart, a 62-year-old man from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, had been traveling west on I-94 in a Cadillac Escalade, according to a report from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The left westbound lane ahead was closed for cable work and the DOT had set up three advanced warning signs to alert traffic to the road work and lane closure, the report said.

Hart disregarded the advanced warning signs and did not move out of the blocked left lane, the report said.

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The DOT had stationed a pickup truck and trailer with an arrow board as well as a plow with an arrow board to further block the left lane of I-94 where the road work was occurring to inform drivers.

Hart’s vehicle struck the back of the plow before continuing west and striking the DOT pickup that was parked in front of the plow, the report said.

The vehicle then entered the median and pinned Jamieson against the cable median barrier that he had been working on, according to the report.

Jamieson was freed from the median barrier by another DOT worker before being transported by ambulance to Sanford Hospital with serious injuries, the report said.

A juvenile passenger in Hart’s vehicle also sustained minor injuries in the crash, the report added.

The crash investigation and any criminal charges remain under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

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