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Two Highway Workers Killed in El Paso Crash

Destiny Baker3 years ago

Two highway workers were killed Sunday after a suspected drunk driver crashed through a baracade and into a work zone along Interstate 10 East.

Details of the Fatal El Paso Accident

According to KVIA, the two men were working on Interstate 10 near Schuster around 2:25 am when an 18-year-old motorist, later identified as a soldier with the 1st Armored Division by Fort Bliss officials, disregarded a traffic barricade, striking both men.

One of the workers was pronounced dead on the scene while the other was rushed to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. The second worker was pronounced dead later that afternoon.

The driver was arrested by EPPD at the scene of the crash. Officers believe alcohol was a factor in the collision.

Reports indicate that Fort Bliss is working with the police as the accident occurred off post.

Work Zone Crash Statistics

Following information provided by the Federal Highway Administration:

  • 87,606 crashes occurred in work zones in 2010.
  • The crashes resulted in 576 fatalities and 37,476 injuries – roughly one injury every 14 minutes.
  • More than 20,000 workers are injured in road construction work zones every year. The most common causes of injury include:
    • Contact with objects or equipment
    • Slips, trips, or falls
    • Overexertion
    • Transportation incidents
    • Exposure to harmful substances or environments

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