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Missouri American Water worker struck by vehicle overnight

6:01 AM, Feb 15, 2013   |    comments
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BRENTWOOD, Mo. (KSDK) - Missouri American Water Company officials confirm the man who was struck by a vehicle in Brentwood overnight, was one of their employees.

Company spokeswoman Ann Dettmer told NewsChannel 5 the unidentified worker was with a another employee shutting off a valve at Manchester and Brentwood before 1:00 a.m. to begin repairs to a nearby water main break.

That's when a vehicle entering the intersection struck one of the workers.  The victim was taken to an area hospital with non life threatening injuries.

The driver of the vehicle involved was questioned by police at the scene.  Brentwood Police have not released any details on the incident at this time.

Missouri American Water released the following statement:

"Early this morning one of our employees sustained injuries when he was struck by a minivan while performing his duties. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he is recovering from his injuries. We have been informed that his injuries are not life threatening. Missouri American Water teams appreciate the help that we received from the Brentwood Police Department and Mercy Hospital staff in support of our friend and co-worker.

"The employee and his co-worker were closing a valve on Manchester Road in Brentwood. The other employee at the scene was not hurt. The crew was finishing up a water main replacement project on Manchester Road. The work was being performed at night to minimize inconvenience to local business and motorists on this heavily traveled road.

"We'd like to remind drivers that road, water and other utility crews work around the clock on our streets and highways. Slow, cautious driving in construction work zones can save lives."

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