(Jefferson County) The Missouri Department of Transportation urges motorists to use extreme caution and avoid distracted driving when approaching or driving through work zones.
The usual safety message heightened after the deaths of two MoDOT workers who were struck and killed by a vehicle and a third worker seriously injured in November.
MoDOT Engineer Stephen O’Connor stresses the importance of people needing to slow down and remaining off their phone when travelling through work zones.
According to O’Connor, MoDOT vehicles getting hit on the side of the road is becoming more common.
The accident, which occurred on an I-255 overpass, resulted in the death of two MoDOT workers, 25-year-old Kaitlyn Anderson of De Soto and 58-year-old James Brooks of De Soto.
A third MoDOT worker, 35-year-old Michael Brown of House Springs was seriously injured and transported to the hospital for his injuries.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the three workers, 52-year-old Stanley McFadden of Hillsboro, was taken the hospital for moderate injuries.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol continues its investigation into the cause of the crash.