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Police arrest metro driver after crashing into construction work site, injuring worker

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A metro driver ignored road closed signs and crashed into a construction crew, injuring one of the workers and frightening two others.

The crew was working on the 6th St. bridge, along the northbound lanes of I-235 on Wednesday morning.

Despite the orange cones, state troopers say a driver in a white Ford Explorer completely ignored the road signs, and crashed into a bucket truck that was parked under a bridge.

"A driver was under the influence, according to the OHP, went off two barricades and hit a piece of equipment where a worker was on top of," said Terry Angier, a spokesperson for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

The worker suffered only minor injuries.

OHP confirmed the driver was taken to the hospital, and was later arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail.

“It’s just extremely concerning,” said Terry Angier, ODOT spokeswoman.

Now, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation has asked drivers to be more watchful in work sites.

“The department has had the most number of fatalities over the history of the state with close to 60, we just had one a few months ago,” said Angier. “Any sort of distraction is not worth someone’s life."

Drivers can expect closures and delays on I-235 near downtown exits through the fall for current reconstruction projects.

For traffic updates, visit ODOT's website.

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