Fort Worth water employee, hit by motorist, undergoes surgery

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FORT WORTH -- A Fort Worth water department employee who was struck by a car while working on a sewer line underwent surgery Monday and "will have a very long road to recovery," Mayor Betsy Price said.

"We just left the hospital and we were able to talk with his dear family," Price said in a release posted late Monday on the city's web site. "Please keep this city employee in your thoughts and prayers. And, please remember to be careful driving through any work or construction zone across our city."

Price told NBC5 that the man's mother, father, wife, daughter, and brother were at the hospital. The brother is a Fort Worth police officer, she told the TV station.

"They are in good spirits and just asking for our thoughts and prayers," Price said.

The worker was hit about 9:30 a.m. Monday at West Rosedale Street and Eighth Avenue.

Two workers were doing routine maintenance on a sewer line in an eastbound lane of West Rosedale, and had set up traffic cones behind their city van, police Cpl. Tracey Knight said.

An older woman in a Cadillac "for unknown reasons, disregarded the cone pattern" and rear-ended the city van, striking one employee and pinning him against the van, Knight said. The other worker jumped out of the way.

The driver's airbag deployed, Knight said.

Both the injured employee and woman were transported to hospitals, Knight said. Information on the extent of their injuries was not available.

Knight said the injured man has worked for the city for seven years.

The woman did not appear to be impaired by drugs or alcohol, but police are investigating, Knight said.

Scott Nishimura, 817-390-7808

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