ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – A worker injured in a fatal highway construction zone accident on Interstate 64 last week issued a statement in regards to the crash that left one worker dead and four others injured.
Adam Evans, one of the survivors of the accident, issued the following statement:
“My wife, Mandy, and I would like to first thank everyone who has offered their help and support of our family. Tuesday started off like any other day – I kissed my wife and daughter good-bye and went off to work. I guess I’m lucky that I got to see them again. My friend, Dennis Beard, also said good-bye to his family and went to work. He did not come home. I lost a friend and a brother laborer that day. He was a good man, a good husband, and a good father. The events of Tuesday, May 22nd, have changed the lives of many people, including those of us who were hurt, and the family, friends and loved ones of Dennis. Dennis did not have to die. Please, please, when you see us out there on the roads and highways, slow down. Hang up the phone and pay attention. Your actions as you drive through work zones can take a life, and can change lives forever, including your own. Mandy and I appreciate everyone’s concern. We ask however that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”
I-DOT officials said three contractors from Briteway Striping were preparing to do pavement markings on Interstate 64 near Illinois 159 around 9:40 a.m. when a car crashed into their vehicle parked on the shoulder.
Two of the workers were airlifted and one was taken by ground to Saint Louis University Hospital. One of those workers, identified as Dennis Beard, was later pronounced dead.