SHELBY CO., Tenn. — Major accident on I-40 this morning claimed the lives of two TDOT contractors.
THP told FOX13 two TDOT contractors were struck and killed during a critical crash. A state trooper was also injured when he was struck while inside his patrol vehicle.
22-year-old Jared Helton and 30-year-old Justin Stafford were killed in the crash, according to A & A Safety, based outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.
The pair lived in Kentucky. Helton had been with the company for two years and Stafford just under a year.
We learned one other contractor. 22-year-old Cody Cantrell, was injured in the crash, according to a spokesperson for the company.
Officers told us a trooper was struck and is in non-critical condition.
"It was definitely preventable," said Sgt. Chris Richardson, THP.
TDOT told us the contractors were working in a mobile work zone within a lane closure, replacing the snow plowable markers along the interstate.
"We were behind them to warn the motoring public they were up there, so they could have a chance to slow down and move over," Sgt. Richardson said.
But the driver of the semi didn't move over. The driver crashed into the trooper and it is still unclear if the trooper's car then hit the contractors or if it was the semi.
"It just goes to show how everybody should be aware and should be practicing the Move Over Law," Sgt. Richardson said.
The trooper's car was smashed and is in non-critical condition tonight, with a punctured lung and broken ribs.
The trooper has not been identified.
"He's expected to be okay," Sgt. Richardson said.
Investigators told us the truck driver at Regional One and the name has not been released. We are working to learn where the driver is from and what company they work for.
The crash is under investigation.
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