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2 construction workers hurt in I-69 crash

Two construction workers were hospitalized today after the bucket of a hydraulic lift they were using was struck by a passing semi on Interstate 69, the Steuben County sheriff's department said.

Ted Cook of Marion and Brandon Morris of Columbia City were flown to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne in serious to critical condition, the sheriff's department said in a statement.

The statement said Cook and Morris, employed by Pioneer Associates of Albion, were removing a support brace from the sides of the County Road 325 West overpass about 1:30 p.m. when a semi driven by Adam Sparks of Indianapolis collided with the bucket.

Morris fell about 13 feet from the bucket onto the highway, while Cook remained inside the bucket, the statement said.

It said Sparks told police he had not seen the bucket before the collision. He was not cited; the collision is still under investigation.

Steuben County EMS, the Angola Fire Department, the Indiana Department of Transportation and Ashley and Indiana State Police assisted at the scene.