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Tennessee state trooper killed in job site injury

Some jobs require workers to carry out their work duties in environments that are more dangerous than the average workplace. For example, some people might have to work near roads or interstates, in close proximity to cars. These are unfortunately areas in which a job site injury can easily happen.

A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper and two contractors with the Tennessee Department of Transportation were standing in a construction area on I-40 at approximately 3:30 a.m. The two contractors -- who were employees of an out-of-state company contracted to perform work -- were placing replacing safety markers in the area. At the same time, a tractor-trailer was traveling on the same side of the interstate where they were working. The truck hit all three people.

Sadly, both of the contract workers died in the collision. The 34-year-old THP trooper survived but with injuries, and had to be transported to the hospital for treatment. The 61-year-old man behind the wheel of the tractor-trailer was also injured. However, the company that owned the truck claimed it had been stolen, and that the man driving it was not authorized to do so.

Tennessee police are still investigating the crash and have not filed any criminal charges against the driver, but it is possible that they will choose to do so later on. However, it does not matter whether someone is charged in connection with a job site injury. If a person is killed while carrying out his or her work duties, certain surviving family members can apply for death benefits through the workers' compensation system. While nothing will ever replace a lost life, temporary financial support can give families the help they need to move forward.

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