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A worker who “was in the wrong place at the wrong time” was struck by a car in an Interstate 65 construction zone south of Lebanon about 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 24.

Mathew J. Sutton, age and address unknown, was doing survey work in the median at the 131 mile marker, about eight miles south of Lebanon, said Indiana State Police Sgt. Anthony Emery.

Shanae D. Olson, 26, Columbus, Ohio, was northbound in a blue 2007 Hyundai when she lost control and swerved into the median, Emery said.

Sheriff Ken Campbell, among those responding, said, “There wasn’t another worker in the area” when Olson lost control for unknown reasons. “He ran for the cable barrier, but she hit him.”

Sutton was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, for treatment of possible broken legs and ankles.

Olson was ticketed for speeding in a construction zone, Emery said.

Trooper Luke Berrier was leading the investigation; an ISP specialist in accident reconstruction was called. The accident is in an area where both north- and south-bound traffic on Interstate 65 south of Lebanon are restricted to a single lane between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. as new lanes are added to the highway.

The Indiana State Police have increased patrols in the construction zone to enforce a 45 mph speed limit, Indiana Department of Transportation spokeswoman Debbie Calder said in an e-mail release announcing the night-time lane restrictions have begun.           

Preliminary work on the $32.2 million project to widen the interstate to six lanes between I-865 to a half-mile south of County Road 100 East — a distance of about nine miles — began in October. Construction began in earnest last week. Work is scheduled to be finished in late November.

Included are replacement of the Ind. 267 interchange and repaving of ramps at Ind. 334.

When finished, I-65 will have three lanes from I-865 to just north of the U.S. 52 overpass on Lebanon’s northwest side. The south-bound off ramp to Lafayette Avenue will be eliminated.

Earlier this month, the Boone County Drainage Board authorized INDOT’s plans to install 21 dry detention ditches along the interstate in the construction area.

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