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Officials say fatal crash shows why law was needed

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Transportation officials say a crash that claimed the life of a Missouri Department of Transportation employee is a sad example of why a new state law was enacted to protect highway workers.

Prosecutors say 35-year-old David Murdick of Blue Springs was drunk early Friday morning when he plowed through cones set up on Interstate 70 in Independence and struck motorist-assist worker Clifton Scott.

Scott was helping reroute traffic around an earlier four-vehicle crash.

Murdick has been charged with first-degree involuntary homicide after tests indicated his blood alcohol content was .184, more than twice the legal limit to drive.

A state law that went into effect Aug. 28 requires motorists to slow down and move over when approaching MoDOT vehicles that have stopped on the side of the road.

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