Contract worker killed in work zone on Atchafalaya Basin Bridge

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A contract worker for Louisiana's transportation department has been killed after a vehicle collided with equipment in a work zone on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge, according to Louisiana State Police.

Louisiana State Police Trooper Taylor J. Scrantz said it happened shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday as Andres Torres, 48, of Land O' Lakes, Florida, was attaching an arrow board traffic control sign to the rear of a company truck in the westbound lanes of Interstate 10. The left lane had been closed for construction, and crews were in the process of opening the lane. That's when, authorities say, Ronald Brown, 32, of Sunset, hit the sign and Torres.

Torres was transported to a Baton Rouge hospital, where he died. Brown sustained minor injuries.

Scrantz said the crash remains under investigation.

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