AN investigation has been launched after a road worker needed hospital treatment for injuries received while painting lines in Launton Road, Bicester. 

The unnamed worker had to be rushed to hospital following the accident on Sunday. 

The line painter was described as a subcontactor employed by Skanska doing Highways work for Oxfordshire County Council.

A county employee at the scene who asked not to be named said: "A member of public has hit the lining barrow and the thermoplastic splashed on the operative so he has been taken to hospital."

He said he did not think the injuries were life-threatening.

The splashed paint on the road will now be cordoned off with barriers and chipped away sometime tomorrow, he added.

The woman driving the car is understood to have been escorted home by police while her car was taken away for examination.

A Bicester Town Council employee who asked to remain anonymous suggested that temporary traffic lights should have been set up for the job to protect the worker.

Oxfordshire County Council spokesman Paul Smith said the man had now been discharged and was expected to make a full recovery.