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Second worker, 27 total killed in highway construction crashes     Send a link to a friend

[SEPT. 22, 2004]  VANDALIA -- A work zone crash on U.S. 51 north of Vandalia has resulted in the second worker killed in highway construction zones in Illinois this year. This crash also brings the total number of people killed in work zone crashes throughout Illinois in 2004 to 27.

"It sickens me anytime a life is lost in a highway construction zone accident," Transportation Secretary Timothy W. Martin said. "These men and women are putting themselves in harm's way to improve our highways. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family."

Employees of Huff Sealing were sealing cracks in concrete on U.S. 51 north of Vandalia at approximately 1:15 Monday afternoon. A driver entered the work area and appeared to change lanes to avoid dust, hitting the router, which was being run by the worker. The worker died later while being transported to a St. Louis hospital. He was 61 years old and lived in Fairfield.

This is the 24th fatal crash in highway construction zones this year, which have now resulted in 27 fatalities. Last year, of the 46 people killed in work zone accidents, seven were workers.

[Illinois Department of Transportation
news release]

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