Big Rig Kills Louisiana Highway Worker

Lincoln Parish, Louisiana – A Louisiana highway worker died on Tuesday morning after he was struck by a big rig.

The fatal accident happened along Louisiana Highway 563 just south of Interstate 20 at Simsboro, according to Louisiana State Police (LSP).

According to investigators, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) employee, Johnny Cole, 50, of West Monroe, was part of a crew performing “routine sign installation work” when he was struck and killed.

 

Authorities said an LaDOTD semi-truck was parked blocking the northbound lane of LA 563 to provide protection for the workers.

Unfortunately, 42-year-old truck driver, Michael Moore, of Ruston, LA, was operating a 2019 International northbound and failed to stop.

The big rig struck Cole before continuing on and colliding with the LaDOTD truck.

Cole became pinned between the two trucks, investigators said.

He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Moore told authorities he did not see the crew or the LaDOTD truck.

He was cited for careless operation of a motor vehicle.

 

A toxicology sample has been submitted as authorities continue their investigation.

The fatal incident prompted Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to release a statement.

“We are saddened by the death of DOTD employee Johnny Cole,” Edwards said.

He continued, “Johnny was a dedicated state employee who worked tremendously hard and took great pride in his work.

Today’s tragedy puts in perspective the dangers that DOTD employees face, and I ask all drivers to be aware of the hardworking men and women we depend on to improve our roadways.”

Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor any new developments.


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