Fayette County

Construction site worker, driver in critical condition after Southland Drive crash

A portion of Southland Drive was closed for more than two hours Tuesday after a serious collision involving a construction site worker, according to Lexington police and the city’s Traffic Management Center.

The crash occurred near 318 Southland Drive around 7:10 a.m. According to Lt. Chris Van Brackel, a woman turned onto Southland from Cherrybark Drive and was traveling toward Nicholasville Road when she encountered a construction site.

A crew was redoing a drainage system with concrete piping on Southland and there was a small crane in the road, Van Brackel said. A member of the construction crew who was wearing reflective gear while directing traffic was struck by the woman driving a Buick Century, according to Van Brackel.

The construction worker was thrown; the woman struck the crane, police said. The worker and driver were taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where they werein critical condition, Van Brackel said. It was not clear if the woman had a medical emergency before the crash.

Police shut down Southland Drive in between Eastway Drive and Southview Drive, the traffic center said.

Traffic was being diverted to the parking lots of the shopping centers on the road. Lafayette High School tweeted that there was a “significant traffic impact” on Southland Drive.

The roadway reopened around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.