A Maryland State Highway Administration employee is in serious condition after begin struck by a vehicle while conducting road work in the southbound lane of Ridge Road near the intersection with Hoffman Drive in Damascus last night.
The incident occurred about 6:35 pm when the adult male worker was hit be a vehicle travelling in the southbound lane of Ridge Road, which is Maryland State Route 27, according to Montgomery County Police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks. The worker was in serious condition with life-threatening injuries as MCFRS transported him to a trauma center.
Starks said that the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with police as they conducted an investigation. The road was not icy, and alcohol is not a factor in the investigation, according to police.
The incident and subsequent investigation closed Ridge Road between Kings Valley Road and Hawkes Road for five hours as the MCPD Collision Reconstruction Unit worked to determine the cause of the collision. Traffic was rerouted to using Hawkes Road, Stringtown Road, and Kings Valley Road to avoid the investigation.
The road was reopened to traffic after 11:30 pm on Tuesday evening.
Caption: MCPD close northbound Ridge Road/Rt. 27 north at Hawkes Road just south of Cedar Grove Elementary School.
Photo by Germantown Pulse.