Two highway workers under contract to the state were killed Wednesday morning along Pulaski Highway in Northeast when a car plowed into a marked construction zone, state police said.
Investigators reported that around 9 a.m., a 2006 Ford Focus westbound on Pulaski Highway near Belvidere Road crossed into the work zone and struck the two workers. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by Cecil County emergency medical staff.
Police identified the victims as Luis E. Tadeo, 42, of the 1500-block of Palai Turn of Bowie, and Victor D. Jackson, 41, of the 5500-block of Hunt Place, NE in Washington. They were employed by Pessoa Construction Co. based in Prince George's County.
"The contractors are an extension of the State Highway Administration," said agency spokesman David Buck. "Our condolences go out to the families."
The driver of the Ford was not injured. He was taken into custody for questioning and released. The driver is not being identified because charges are pending, state police said.
Investigators said the work zone was delineated with orange traffic cones, a moveable sign with a flashing arrow and a truck with a crash cushion behind it.
The accident left debris strewn across the area, resulting in the closing of westbound Pulaski Highway for several hours.