Two Workers Killed In I-55 WorkZone Crash Near Marion, AR
(Crittenden County, AR) Two construction workers were killed during an accident on I-55 in Crittenden County Tuesday night.
Investigators say a pickup truck crashed into the rear of an asphalt paver where the two men were standing.
Their deaths happened during the very week the nation is calling attention to the dangers facing highway construction crews.
Fifty-five year-old Marshall Turner of Memphis and 34-year old James Rains of Marion, Arkansas were killed instantly.
Investigators say the pickup, driven by George Walker of Illinois, swerved into a closed off construction lane hitting the workers.
Reportedly, paving crews were staging along the inside shoulder of the interstate and had not yet started overnight paving work.
An APAC worker told News Channel 3 paving is temporarily suspended along the stretch of interstate where the crash happened.
The crash is evidence of just how dangerous interstate work, of any kind, can be.
Ray McGee works for a company that mows grass and picks up litter along the interstate.
Wednesday he was dodging traffic to set up bright orange signs warning motorists to slow down for workers, “They wait till the last-minute and some don’t get over when they should and give us the right of way. And you know they’re really just not thinking.”
Jacquelyne Pettway has been driving a “big rig” for eight and half years.
She thinks construction zone accidents usually are caused by speed and impatience, “That’s what the yellow and orange signs are out there for. To first of all yield and slow down because construction is coming up. Everybody can’t get through the construction at one time.”
The driver of the pickup and a passenger were injured and taken to The MED.
Arkansas State Police have not filed any charges yet because the accident is still under investigation.