An IDOT sub-contractor is killed while working on a Metro East road project. 48 year old Dennis Beard of Pocahontas and three other workers with Briteway Striping Services were standing in the back of a truck at a construction site on I-64 in Fairview Heights when a car slammed into them. Beard died later at a St. Louis hospital, two workers remain in critial condition and a third is in serious condition.
The driver of the car, whom witnesses say was driving erratically, was also hurt. The driver has not been identified. Traffic on eastbound 64 was diverted for several hours following the accident which happened around 9:40am Wednesday near the Highway 159 exit. Illinois work zone speeds are 45 miles per hour even when workers are not present. Last year, 24 people were killed in accidents inside Illinois work zones.