Construction supervisor speaks out after a hit and run about night shift dangers

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- A construction worker was taken to the hospital early Thursday morning after a hit and run.

It's a wake-up call to the dangers these workers face every single night when they go to work.

They had a safety meeting Thursday evening to talk about what happened.

Workers tell us this will make them more cautious, but there's only so much they can to do.

They need drivers to slow down and be aware.

"Lotta cars driving by at 75 miles an hour, just looks like a blur of lights," said Winding Road Construction project supervisor Joe Tendrup.

He was working concrete repairs on North 75 with his team when he saw...

"A car uncontrolled by its driver, struck several traffic cones, and a piece of equipment. And got lucky, he barely missed one of our workers," Tendrup said.

But he didn't miss a construction barrel which hit a worker, leaving him with minor injuries.

"We're just happy Jamarick's alright, and nothing serious was happening. It could have been a lot worse than what it was," Tendrup said.

That happened right after he side swiped a car driving north.

Police said the suspect is an elderly male driving a SUV.

He didn't stop and drove all the way to Colbert.

Police there pulled him over, but didn't arrest him.

Sherman Police said they plan on talking to the hit and run suspect soon.

"It's pretty safe inside our work zone, it's outside of it where the cars are where the danger comes into play," Tendrup said.

The Texas Department of Transportation, or TxDOT, said highways with busy traffic, like US-75, are actually safer to work on at night.

According to TxDOT, an estimated seven road workers died last year in state construction zones.

"Five, ten minutes ain't long enough to hurt one of us or hurt yourself. It ain't worth it," Tendrup said.

Almost 200 people, not including workers, died last year in Texas work zones.

The lead causes of work zone crashes here in Texas are speeding and inattentive drivers.

They say both are entirely preventable.

Not slowing down near these areas could cost you a two thousand dollar fine.