Two highway workers were killed when a car hit them in a work zone in North East, Maryland State Police said.
A car entered a work zone on Pulaski Highway, which was marked with orange traffic cones, and struck the two workers about 9 a.m. Wednesday, troopers said.
Luis Tadeo, 42, of Bowie, and Victor D. Jackson, 41, of D.C., were pronounced dead at the scene. They had been replacing orange barrels to direct traffic. Both men worked for a construction company.
"I'm hurt, very hurt," said Mitzi Jackson on the loss of her only son, a father of 15 children. "He was about his children," she said, "all of them."
The driver was not hurt, police said. His name has not been released.
"He was in the right lane, and for unknown reasons, he veered into the left lane," said a police spokeperson.
The accident is under investigation.
"It was a posted construction zone," Mitzi Jackson said. "Slow down."
Statewide, three people were killed and 688 were injured in work zone crashes in 2011. In Virginia, 11 were killed and 1,816 injured.