2 workers killed after car crashes into I-35W construction zone in Burnsville

1:36 AM, Oct 14, 2011   |    comments
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BURNSVILLE, Minn. - Two construction workers are dead after a vehicle went off the road at a high rate of speed and crashed into a construction zone Thursday afternoon.

State patrol officials say the two men were thrown 40-50 feet when a 21-year-old driver lost control of his car traveling north on I-35W just south of McAndrews Road in Burnsville.

The first victim, 47-year-old Craig Carlson of Ramsey, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The second victim, 44-year-old Ronald Rajkowski of St. Joseph, was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center and died later Thursday afternoon. At 4:15 p.m., Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol confirmed the death of Rajkowski.

The driver has been identified as Kirk Deamos of Raymore, Missouri. Deamos did not require medical attention.

Sky 11 showed images of a sheet covering the victim, as well as the car involved, a red sports car with a black hood and a shattered windshield. The impact was hard enough to deploy the vehicle's airbag.

The incident happened just after 12:30 p.m. Ambulances arrived at the scene about 15 minutes later.

The stretch of interstate where the incident happened was already down to two lanes due to road construction. After the crash, traffic was reduced to one so emergency vehicles and first responders could work the scene.

At 1 p.m. Thursday, all northbound lanes of I-35W were closed in the area as well as the ramp from CR 42 to north I-35W. The area re-opened at 3:45 p.m.

Two weeks ago, a driver plowed into a construction zone on a ramp at I-94 westbound and Highway 280.

Mn/DOT says there have now been six fatalities in construction zone crashes in 2011. In 2010, Mn/DOT says there were 11 deaths and 13 in 2009.

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