- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

ALAMO, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Transportation is mourning the death of a 63-year-old worker killed while flagging traffic in Crockett County.

TDOT announced Wednesday that James “Pee Wee” Hopkins was working near a maintenance crew when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

Hopkins had worked for the department since 1996. He is the second TDOT worker to be killed on the job in three months.

Gov. Bill Haslam said in a release that Hopkins’ death “breaks your heart for the family and for the TDOT family across the state.”

Transportation Commissioner John Schroer urged motorists to slow down and minimize distractions. In his words: “The lives of our workers depend on it.”

Hopkins is the 111th TDOT worker to have died working on Tennessee roadways since 1948.

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