Workers struck and killed on Highway 287
By 10/12/2006 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - Two men were killed Monday afternoon after being hit by a pickup truck as they were resurfacing Texas Highway 287, just east of the Parks School House Road.
Willard Lee Roberson, 50, of Concordia, Kan. was pronounced dead at 3:50 p.m. by Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Jackie Miller Jr after suffering multiple blunt-force injuries.
Miller also pronounced Fort Worth resident Rodrick Williams, 26, dead at 4:55 p.m. after Williams was taken by air ambulance to Baylor Hospital in Waxahachie.
A 2002 dual cab pickup driven by George Hair of Kemp struck the men, who were employed by Balou Construction Company, as they were working on a surfacing machine, Miller said.
Balou Construction subcontracted with the Texas Department of Transportation to resurface the emergency shoulder along Hwy. 287.
'They were laying down asphalt on the side of the road,' Miller said, noting there were signs up informing drivers workers were present.
Another Balou employee, Lindell Williams of Salina, Kan., was also transported to Waxahachie's Baylor Hospital suffering from a broken arm, according to a press release from the Waxahachie Police Department.
Hair was also treated and later released from Baylor Hospital in Waxahachie for minor injuries, after being questioned by Waxahachie police.
Miller said it was unknown at this time what charges Hair could face, since the investigation was continuing.
'It could be anything from a ticket or go to the grand jury,' Miller said.