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Illinois police investigate car accident that killed four workers

Police have made headway in the investigation of a car accident that killed four construction workers May 22, 2012. The car accident occurred on eastbound Interstate 64 near the Old Collinsville Road overpass in Fairview Heights at about 9:30 in the morning, according to police reports. Two large trucks were parked on the left shoulder of the road while four workers from Briteway Striping Services completed work on the road in accordance with a state contract. A car veered off the highway, striking both trucks and hitting the four workers.

Police have identified the driver of the car as a 34-year-old man from Fairview Heights. The man was treated for minor injuries at the hospital after the accident and released. Police are still reconstructing the accident and chemical tests on the driver to test for impairment are pending. Police have not yet issued any citations for the accident.

One of the construction workers was pronounced dead at the hospital after the accident. Two of the workers remained in serious condition as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. The fourth worker was upgraded to satisfactory condition, according to hospital reports.

Summer is road construction season and, as aggravating as it may seem to have to alter one's commute because of torn-up roads, this tragic accident is a reminder to all drivers about how important it is to drive cautiously in construction zones. Work zones can be as difficult to navigate as obstacle courses in some cases, and construction workers rely on drivers to remain alert when driving.

Source: BND.com, "Troopers ID driver who hit 4 workers on I-64 in Fairview Heights," May 23, 2012.

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