A helmet and boot belonging to one of two workers who died in an accident on Interstate 30 this morning lay in the middle of the road while first responders work the scene. The two men who were hit were reportedly working in holes near the lane divider, replacing rebar in the right lane of I-30 east near FM 499.
Staff Photo By Angela Pitts

Officials: Two road workers dead after being struck on Interstate 30

Driver says he swerved to miss another vehicle, striking two men

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 20, 2008 - Two road workers died Thursday morning after being struck by a motorist on Interstate 30 in Cumby.

The names of the deceased hadn't been released at noon Thursday, as their next of kin had yet to be notified, but one of the victims was believed to be a 37-year-old Ennis man, the other a 27-year-old Schulenburg man, according to officials at the scene.

The crash was reported just after 11 a.m. on Interstate 30. Cumby Police Officer Charles Herford reported that two pedestrians, thought to be male, had been struck by an 18-wheeler.

The two Hispanic men who were hit were reportedly working in holes near the lane divider, replacing rebar in the right lane of I-30 east near FM 499.

Cumby and Hopkins County firefighters, Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services, sheriff's deputies and state troopers were dispatched to the scene, along with Cumby police. Authorities soon confirmed that both men were dead.

Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup was then called to the scene, along with Tapp Funeral Home and Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

The Dallas man driving the vehicle that struck the men told News-Telegram staff that a vehicle in front of his had slowed suddenly. To avoid striking the vehicle, he took evasive action, swerving to the right.

The evasive measure, however, moved his vehicle toward the two men working on the road. It struck the first man hard enough to knock him out of his shoes and threw him out of the hole and under an 18-wheeler parked on the side of the road. The Dallas driver's vehicle then came out of the hole and struck the other man, who was dragged some distance down the road before the vehicle stopped, according to reports.

Texas Department of Transportation crews were requested at about 11:30 a.m. to help divert I-30 traffic at the exits on either side of the crash scene. Campbell firefighters were also called in to help direct eastbound traffic, which was reported to be backed up for at least two miles leading up to the scene.

Brinker firefighters filled in at the Hopkins County fire station, as all Hopkins County Fire Department personnel was sent to the crash site to assist.

The interstate was shut down at the exits on either side of the scene for about 45 minutes while emergency responders worked to clear the road. Authoritiess opened one lane of traffic at 11:45 a.m. Traffic was still slow moving at 12:20 p.m. Thursday.

No further information about the fatality crash was available at press time, but state troopers were still investigating the accident.

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