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2 construction workers killed by alleged drunk driver in Texas

Around 2:30 a.m. on May 11, construction crews were building a new bridge in El Paso near the University of Texas at El Paso campus on Interstate 10 East when a motorist collided with the crew and fatal injured two workers. The new bridge is intended to be used for connecting Paisano and Schuster Drives with UTEP.

The section of the Interstate at Schuster Drive was closed down for the construction project. An 18-year-old man allegedly decided to disregard the traffic barricades, driving his car through the construction zone and striking two workers, according to police. A 39-year-old construction worker was pronounced dead at the scene, and a second worker, age 54, passed away during treatment at the hospital.

The driver of the vehicle was later identified by officials at Fort Bliss as one of the soldiers with the 1st Armored Division of the U.S. Army. He was taken into custody and charged with intoxication manslaughter. As of May 12, he was being held on $200,000 bond at the County Detention Facility in El Paso.

Work on the bridge project has been postponed due to the crash, according to The Texas Department of Transportation. The section of the Interstate where the accident occurred was reopened Sunday evening.

Losing a loved one to a workplace accident can be devastating to a family. A construction accident, such as this one, could bring up the question of who is at fault. Although the driver disobeyed the signs and was allegedly intoxicated, it is an employer's responsibility to keep their workers safe. A worker's compensation attorney could help the family of the deceased to understand their rights and file a claim seeking financial compensation for medical bills, final expenses and loss of income.

Source: San Antonio Express-News, "2 highway workers killed in El Paso accident," May 12, 2014

Source: El Paso Times, "Second construction worker dies in wreck near UTEP", David Burge, May 11, 2014

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