MDOT worker struck, killed in Itawamba County

A worker with the Mississippi Department of Transportation is dead after being struck by an 18-wheeler in Itawamba County.

Posted: Sep 11, 2019 10:45 PM
Updated: Sep 11, 2019 10:45 PM

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breaking news in lee county, police in tupelo are currently investigating a domestic situation that turned into a standoff situation. the incident happened at teh westwood apartments on on lumpkin avenue this evening. officers said the suspect refused to leave the apartment when police arrived. however, the situation ended peacefully. stay tuned with wtva 9 news for the very latest. a m-dot worker struck and killed while on the job. it happened around 3 this afternoon on i-22 in itawamba county. and it's a reminder of the dangers of traffic in a construction zone... for drivers and workers. wtva's evan hensley joins us live with tips on how we can all stay safe while out on the road. highways and interstates can be very dangerous especially when it comes to areas that are under construction... today we saw that first hand when an 18 wheeler struck and killed a construction manager just a mile down the road from where i am now i-22... pkg mark holley - mdot tupelo district engineer "we have workers who are on the highways and the highway is basically their office so they are out their among the travelers and basically they are a few feet from injury at any time." working on mississippi's highways is a dangerous job... the family of m-dot construction manager jeff boren got to see that today after he was killed while working just east of fulton... mark holley, a co-worker of his shared what us, as drivers can do... "slow down, pay attention and move according and listen to and obey the signs that are in the zone." holley says that it is all about drivers being focused and adjusting to their environment.... "in northeast mississippi certainly any route the curves and hills we have where sight distances are limited that can increase the hazards." "typically more fatalities are going to occur on higher speed routes. the higher the speed usually indicates the more dangerous crash and results in fatalities." we as drivers need to pay attention at all times... but even more when it comes to areas that are being actively worked on... that way we can help prevent incidents like what happened earlier today from taking place. reporting live live in
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