Worker struck and killed along I-45 in Madison County

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MADISON COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX)- Troopers are investigating a fatality accident on I-45 in Madison County involving a roadside worker.

It happened Wednesday morning in the northbound lanes after an 18-wheeler struck David Honea, 33, of McKinney who was part of a survey crew working in the area near the SH 21 exit.

He was pronounced deceased on the scene after several attempts to perform CPR.

"We worked diligently to perform life saving measures on the individual but unfortunately we were unable to save him due to his injuries sustained in the accident," said Jared Gerfers, with the Madisonville Volunteer Fire Department. Gerfers told KBTX the man was also wearing reflective safety gear.

"It’s a sad circumstance," he said.

"We work very closely to traffic everyday and our thoughts and prayers go out to those because our men and women work out there as well," said Bob Colwell with the TxDOT Bryan District. "Give us a brake and when you see us out there please slow down, pay attention and get off the phone and drive through the area," he said.

The victim's name isn't being released at this time, pending notification of family members.

It's the second deadly accident on an area road in two days.
On Tuesday a construction worker died in Leon County while working along Highway 7. 22-year-old Jess Lavergnei was killed after being struck by a vehicle.

"It was a subcontractor that was picking up signs. It was about 6:30 at night and the gentleman was just moving a sign and all I know is that he got hit," said Colwell.

Area drivers KBTX talked to said drivers need to watch out for others.
“Be careful. Get off the phones. Pay attention to what’s going on," said Tiffany McClure, a Madisonville mother. "You have no idea who it is? Whose mother, father, son, daughter, you know whoever it is you have no idea," she said.

DPS is investigating the cause of the fatal crashes.

At this time no citations have been issued for either accident.

Texas' Move Over or Slow Down law applies when law enforcement, first responders, tow trucks and TxDOT vehicles are on the side of the road with their emergency lights on.