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Two Highway Construction Workers Killed on I-69

Two highway construction workers in Indiana were killed in a work zone crash downstate early this morning. Indiana State Police say the Rieth Riley employees were contract workers for the Indiana Department of Transportation working on the road construction project on Interstate 69. Troopers say a preliminary investigation shows the men, 49-year-old Kenneth Duerson Jr of Indianapolis and 24-year-old Coty Demoss of Noblesville were completing their overnight shift, removing cones from a blocked left lane when the driver of a pickup truck failed to move from the left lane and struck a directional arrow board sign and the two workers, then continued around the truck hooked to the arrow board and coming to rest head-on into the left lane concrete barrier. The driver of the pickup truck was extricated from his vehicle and taken to a hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. Both construction workers were pronounced dead at the scene. Indiana State Police today said alcohol is not believed to be a contributing factor in the crash, however the investigation is ongoing.


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