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Driver hits parked truck, injures highway employee, officials say

Published On: May 01 2014 10:07:17 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. -

A county highway employee was injured Wednesday afternoon when the vehicle he was operating was hit from behind by another driver on the Beltline, according to a release.

Around 1:50 p.m. a Dane County Department of Transportation and Highway Department employee’s vehicle was hit from behind by a driver trying to exit onto Todd Drive from the eastbound Beltline, officials said.

The worker was operating a sign board truck parked at the end of the Todd Drive exit ramp letting drivers know of nearby construction, according to the release.

Michael P. Polasek, of Monona, was driving a black Ford F150 truck and attempted to negotiate the Todd Drive exit from the center lane of the Beltline, officials said. Polasek’s vehicle then hit the county worker’s vehicle at a high rate of speed, and both vehicles sustained severe damage.

The worker was transported by ambulance to a local hospital as a precaution, according to the release.

Polasek was cited for unreasonable and imprudent speed and unsafe cutting in when passing.

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