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D.O.T. worker walks away from near-death accident with semi-truck

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A Department of Transportation worker walked away from a nearly deadly accident this morning on Highway 20 near the Ansborough Ave. exit in Waterloo. 

A semi-truck driver veered off the highway, slamming into the back of a D.O.T mowing tractor.

From the overpass on Ansborough avenue, you can see the skid marks of what could have been a deadly accident.

The truck plowed right into an Iowa D.O.T mowing tractor, while a D.O.T. employee was sitting right inside. 

Parts of the tractor flew all over the highway, and the D.O.T says the tractor is seriously damaged. 

The driver of the tractor says his yellow light on the tractor was turned on and flashing the entire time. Also displayed on his tractor, is a reflective orange triangle sign, which tells other drivers it's a slow moving vehicle.

Iowa's "move over slow down" law says if a maintenance or emergency vehicle has a flashing light, other drivers must move over to a lane not right next to the vehicle. If that's not possible, the driver must slow down and be prepared to stop.

Two things the D.O.T employee says he doesn't think the driver of that semi-truck did.

The company the trucker works for is called Direct Lines Transport Solutions.

A representative for the company says they are "Extremely remorseful for the accident."

They also said their main concern is that there was no loss of life.

As far as safety goes, their hold message when you call their phone number says, "Direct lines Inc. is always committed to safety. We work hard everyday to develop a culture that rewards safe actions. And promotes a safety first environment."

The D.O.T. worker is being looked at for a possible knee injury.

The D.O.T is using this crash as example for drivers to remind them, "move over or slow down."

The driver of the semi-truck was cited with failure to maintain control. D.O.T helped police with the investigation.

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