Two Eastern Ky. men killed in Tennessee wreck
ARLINGTON, TN – Two Eastern Kentucky men contracted to work for the Tennessee Department of Transportation were killed in a wreck involving a semi-truck on Wednesday morning, with a state trooper and another local man injured.
Just before 4 a.m. Wednesday, November 6, on I-40 in West Tennessee, two TDOT contractors who worked for A&A Safety (out of Ohio) were struck and killed while working in a construction zone near the Arlington exit. The men were reportedly working in a mobile work zone within a lane closure, laying down reflectors in the middle of the interstate when the wreck occurred.
According to local news reports, cones were out and the trooper was following behind the workers as a blocker.
Sgt Chris Richardson with the Tennessee Highway Patrol told Local 24 News (LocalMemphis.com) that the tractor-trailer truck plowed through the work zone, hitting the trooper first and then hitting the workers.
News Channel 3 out of Memphis, TN, released that a Penske representative confirmed that their customer had reported the truck involved in the wreck stolen.
An A&A Safety spokesperson confirmed to Local 24 News the contractors killed were 22-year-old Jared Helton, of Magoffin, and 30-year-old Justin Stafford, of Johnson County. A third worker, Cody Fultz, is also from Magoffin County, and was reportedly held overnight for observation at a Memphis hospital following the wreck, but has been since been released.
The officer is believed to have a punctured lung and broken ribs, but is expected to recover.
Jared Helton was a 2015 graduate of Magoffin County High School and had been working with A&A Safety for close to two years.
Authorities have not released the cause of the wreck and this is a developing story at press time.