Man Struck by Truck Was Maine Turnpike Employee in Safety Vehicle

Authorities say the truck veered into a construction zone and hit the employee

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A man fatally struck by a truck at a construction site has been identified as a Maine Turnpike employee who was picking up safety cones.

State police say Jeffrey Abbott was one of two people killed in separate crashes Friday.

They say the 53-year-old Saco resident had been in a Maine Turnpike Authority safety vehicle at the Portland construction site and had just left it to remove safety cones when he was hit by the truck.

Troopers say the truck's driver had struck two vehicles ahead of him after they slowed down for the construction. The truck then veered into the construction zone and hit Abbott.

No charges have been filed.

Separately, a man driving a dump truck was killed when his truck overturned along an unpaved road in Whitefield and hit a tree.

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