MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Department of Transportation employees are memorializing agency workers killed on the job in the last 50 years.

The agency is observing a Workers Memorial Day in ceremonies in St. Paul, Rochester and Mankato on Thursday. In all, 46 workers have died while working on MnDOT construction and maintenance projects since 1960.

Gov. Mark Dayton and Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel will speak at the Mankato event, which is at noon at the agency’s headquarters in that city. That was the home base of MnDOT employee Mike Struck, who was killed on March 22 when the backhoe he was using to clear debris along Highway 169 was pulled into floodwaters.

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  1. JKB says:

    The majority of these deaths could have been avoided had motorists just moved into the opposite lane. Anytime you see a vehicle on the side of the road slow down if necessary, move over, give them some space. Common sense goes along way.

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