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A rash of accidents involving Mississippi Department of Transportation workers over the past two days has caused two officials with the department to urge motorists to practice safe driving in work zones.

MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath sent out a tweet at 9:57 a.m. on Wednesday that said six MDOT workers had been hit while working on state highways in the last two days.

In her tweet, McGrath asked motorists to decelerate and move over when crews are on the road.

Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King followed suit, sending out a tweet at 2:43 p.m. urging drivers to avoid distracted driving.
No further information was available on where the accidents occurred or the status of the workers involved. Work zone safety tips for motorists can be found here.
McDougle, Anthony. Mississippi Clarion Ledger (2018, September 19). MDOT highway worker accidents lead transportation officials to urge safer driving. https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2018/09/19/transportation-officials-urge-motorists-practice-safer-driving/1363062002/