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UPDATE: Construction worker hit by car off Highway 27

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UPDATE: People who saw Wednesday’s crash say it was like something out of a movie.

“I just had stepped outside and I heard like a bang. I mean when he came over it was like he was hydroplaned,” says Sharon Wilkins.

Sharon Wilkins says she stepped away from her job to get some fresh air when she saw a Nissan Maxima fly off the interstate.

“It was just like he was up in the air when he hit,” says Wilkins.

The car struck a man who was doing work on the Highway 27 road expansion. The worker was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

“I mean, I’m sad. My thoughts go out to him because he looked like he was really injured,” says Wilkins.

The driver of the vehicle tells Channel 3 off camera that he couldn't remember what happened. He went on to say he hopes the person he hit is okay.

T-DOT says it's difficult doing road work when there is traffic.

“There will be times when there are tragic shifts and things like that, and people one day will be driving on one part of the road, and then overnight the contractor will shift traffic, and the next day they may be driving on a different part of the road,” says Jennifer Flynn, Tennessee Department of Transportation.

They say they want drivers to slow down, pay attention, and read the road signs when construction is going on.

“It’s not only for the safety of the workers but for the safety of the traveling public. It’s dangerous out there for them as well when these changes are made and they need to be extra vigilant when they are driving through the work zones,” says Flynn.

The construction worker was taken to the hospital with a fractured leg.

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PREVIOUS STORY: A construction worker has been hit by a vehicle in downtown Chattanooga this afternoon.

Police are investigating the incident in the 400 block of Gateway Avenue.

The call came in around 1:40 p.m.

Police say a car ran off the highway, hitting a construction worker, sending him underneath a crane.

Police say the man has a compound fracture but his exact condition is unknown.

The victim has been taken to a local hospital.

Channel 3 has a crew on the scene.

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