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Need-to-read stories on work zone, highway dangers

Posted at 8:45 AM on October 14, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Transportation

We're learning more details this morning about the highway work zone crash that killed two men, the ongoing concerns about the safety of people who do the job and what's being done to make things better.

We'll be exploring all those issues today on the Big Story Blog.

Minnesota Today editor Michael Olson pulled together a feed of stories on roads and highway safety, including an interview with the family of one of the workers killed.


Other quotes and stories:
The driver, Kirk Deamos, 21, told officials he braked and turned right too sharply, and then turned left and then right again to try to maintain control of the car. The car spun out in the ditch on the right side of the road and struck the workers.

On a Facebook account apparently registered to Deamos, there was this posting Tuesday: "Today is a good day! I am now the proud owner of a red 3000gt that is basically faster than a rocket ... Ready to really test it out on the highway to Minnesota Thursday!!! So pumped! :)"

On a picture of a car's dented rear bumper, Deamos commented "Don't worry, my motto is safety first!!! Hahaha, oh wait, no it's not... It's, live fast, and try not to hit many light poles!


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Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.