In El Paso, Texas, two Crane service workers employed by the Texas Department of Transportation were killed by a motorist early Sunday morning.
The men, James Green, 39, of Runaway Bay, Texas, and Jimmy Joe Broadstreet, 54, of Chapparral, New Mexico, were working on the job on I-10 in West El Paso when a driver, a Fort Bliss soldier, struck them with his vehicle.
According to officials, the crash occurred around 2:27 a.m. on I-10 east, close to Schuster Street, when an 18-year-old male, later identified as Jan Michael Nieves, ignored the traffic barricades.
Green was pronounced dead at the scene and Broadstreet was taken to a local hospital where he died from serious injuries, officials said.
Nieves is now facing two counts of intoxicated manslaughter and was booked into the county jail with the bail set to a sum of $200,000.
Officials from Fort Bliss confirm that Nieves was a soldier stationed at Fort Bliss and assigned to the 1st Armored Division.
The Texas Department of Transportation has announced that the Spur 1966 project will be postponed following the deaths of both Green and Broadstreet. TxDOT urges everyone to be careful and to pay attention to upcoming detours and to watch your speed.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration:
-There were 87,606 crashes in work zones in 2010.
-Work zone crashes make up 1.6% of the total number of roadway crashes in 2010.
Despite the large number of work zone accidents, more than half are usually property damage only crashes, which make up 69%.