Construction worker hit by car on I-80; 3 others injured

By: Ian Hest

A construction worker is in the hospital Thursday night after being hit by a sleeping driver. The accident happened just after 11 a.m. near the outskirts of west Lincoln. The Nebraska State Patrol says 20-year-old Nicholas Schreiner was working construction along Interstate-80 when it happened.

NSP Trooper Tom Pickering says, “They're working on the shoulder in that lane and they're down to one lane to give them as much room as possible to give the trucks the room for the workers to be as safe as possible.”

The NSP says 42-year-old Kevin Dejaynes of Milford was driving just west of NW48th street with his 12-year-old son in the car when he fell asleep at the wheel. They say he swerved into the closed construction lane, then the shoulder, hitting Schreiner. His car then hit a parked truck dumping asphalt, before spinning out and stopping in the median.

NSP says all 3 were sent to the hospital, but Dejaynes and his son were released with only minor injuries. Schreiner remains in fair condition with non–life threatening injuries. This accident is a good reminder for all drivers.

Pickering says, “You've got to slow down. You've got to pay attention. You can't not look away. When you're running in this traffic. It's bumper to bumper, especially with the heavy traffic. So you've got to pay attention at all times.”