FAIRFIELD — A vehicle hit a freeway work crew Thursday night and shut down the eastbound Highway 12 connector from Interstate 80 leading toward Suisun City and Rio Vista.
The accident happened at 9:15 p.m. The firm O. C. Jones was doing contract work for the state Department of Transportation that involved restriping and had one lane closed, California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Parker said. The workers had begun to end the closure.
Workers had their vehicle backed up to a lighted arrow board trailer that directs traffic and were trying to hook up the trailer, Parker said. A red Chevrolet Impala hit two workers and the trailer, Parker said.
The two O.C. Jones workers, who saw the oncoming vehicle and tried to get out of the way, suffered minor injuries, Parker said. They were taken to NorthBay Medical Center.
The driver of the Impala needed to be extricated from the car. He suffered a broken leg and was taken to an area hospital. He was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, Parker said. Parker did not have the driver’s name.
O.C. Jones had done the restriping work without California Highway Patrol traffic control, Parker said. He declined to speculate as to why that had happened, but said the California Highway Patrol prefers to see traffic control in place for freeway projects.
The state issued a severe traffic alert at 9:27 p.m. for the crash and closed down the Highway 12 east offramp. Flares blocked the ramp and an array of emergency vehicles with flashing lights were at the scene, but traffic continued to flow on I-80. The roadway was clear a little more than two hours later.
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