Worker injured when excavator runs over him

DES MOINES – A construction worker from Marshalltown has been seriously injured after being run over by an excavator on Interstate 80/35, just north of Des Moines.

The Iowa State Patrol said 50-year-old Trinidad Banderas was hurt Monday night in a construction zone in the interstate’s westbound lanes.

Excavator driver Jason Uhlenhopp, of Allison, didn’t see Banderas as he walked in front of the equipment, which then ran over the worker with its front tires.

Banderas was taken to a Des Moines hospital.

The state patrol says charges against the 41-year-old driver aren’t expected.