NEW INFO: DOT Worker Killed, Trucker Charged After I-40 Crash

A state Department of Transportation worker has been killed and another injured in a traffic accident on I-40 in Duplin County.

The DOT says the accident happened around 8:00 a.m. near Warsaw at milepost 364. The westbound lanes of I-40 were shut down because of the crash, but reopened around 12:45 p.m..

Killed was Jonathan King of Autryville, that's in Sampson County. The Highway Patrol says he and another worker were setting up a portable sign at the construction zone. Troopers say the 21-year-old King had gotten out of his truck and unhooking trailer when an 18 wheeler struck the DOT vehicle.

The driver, Ernest Harris from St. Pauls, told troopers that he took his eyes off road and his tractor trailer went off road and struck the DOT trailer. King was immediately killed, while another DOT worker, Bradley Williams, and the tractor trailer driver were taken to Sampson Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.

Trooper say they're going to charge the 47-year-old Harris with reckless driving, failing to maintain lane control, failure to reduce speed, and misdemeanor death by vehicle.

This is the first DOT worker killed in a construction zone since October 2008.

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