MDOT dedicates highway to employees killed in 2010 accident
LUMBERTON, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Department of Transportation has honored two dedicated employees who were killed three years ago while working on a highway near Lumberton. Tuesday, MDOT administrators and employees gathered to name a portion of Highway 11 in honor of Tyler R. Kilsby and Leon Sims.
Kilsby and Sims died on Jan. 11, 2010, when they were accidentally struck by a motorist as they were shoveling sand on an icy section of that highway north of Lumberton.
"It was on a winter day and it was really iced over and they were putting sand there and it was absolutely an unfortunate situation that happened," said Tom King, transportation commissioner for the Southern District. "They were great workers, they loved their jobs," he said.
"I think it's a great job, letting the family know they really cared about my brother," said Joe Sims, brother of Leon Sims.
"Both of them were dedicated to MDOT," said Deborah Kilsby Amador, the mother of Tyler Kilsby. "They enjoyed MDOT and the employees, they were like a family," she said.
Sims was 43-years-old when he was killed. Kilsby was just 25.
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