A man died at the scene after being run over by an Oregon Department of Transportation employee mowing grass along the shoulder of a highway. The man is believed to have been sleeping in the grass before being hit and killed.

Once family notification has been confirmed, his name will be released. The incident occurred on Highway 42 near milepost 59 around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday morning.

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"Preliminary investigation revealed an ODOT employee was mowing adjacent to the eastbound shoulder and hit an adult male that is believed to have been sleeping in the grass," state police said. "ODOT employees immediately called for Emergency Medical Services and attempted first aid."

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