Families of fallen road workers caution drivers to slow down in construction zones

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - MoDOT's Work Zone Awareness Week Comes one week after a veteran MoDOT worker was killed on the job in Franklin County.

Lyndon Ebker, 55, was struck by a motorist last Thursday while working in a work zone on highway 100 between Washington and New Haven. He retired after working for MoDOT for three decades. He had just returned to the job to do seasonal work.

Today his family members gathered to send a powerful message to drivers. They don't want other families to go through what they are experiencing.

Ebker's daughter bravely spoke for the family.

"These are men and women who have families, friends, co-workers who love them dearly, and they need to get home to them. They have plans. They have a life yet to live, and we need to remember that, and that's the best way to honor our father, is to be safe on the highways and roads of Missouri." said Nicole Herbel.

The Illinois Department of Transportation was also involved with Thursday's event. They were remembering one of their workers killed in a work zone.

On May 23, 2012 a car plowed through a construction zone in Fairview Heights as work crews prepared to paint new stripes along interstate 64 just east of route 159. Dennis Beard, 38, was killed and three of his colleagues seriously injured.

Beard's widow also sent a powerful message to drivers.

"No one wakes up in the morning thinking they are going to be the cause of taking another person's life. But I can assure you the amount of time it takes to slow down and proceed through a construction zone safely will never take near as long as it will to recover from losing a loved one or live with knowing you have taken the life of someone's loved one. There is no recovery. It will last a lifetime." said Nicole Herbel.

The crash happened as the summer construction season was heating up. This year MoDOT and IDOT hope that this will remind drivers about safe driving through work zones.

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