UPDATED (9:40 p.m.)—Two contractors were killed Wednesday morning while working on Pulaski Highway in Cecil County.
The cause of the crash was not known as of noon Wednesday, and an investigation was ongoing, according to a release from Maryland State Police.
Westbound U.S. Route 40 re-opened to traffic just before noon, according to the State Highway Adminstration.
Police said the workers were pronounced dead at the scene.
They were identified as Luis E. Tadeo, 42, of the 1500 block of Palai Turn of Bowie, and Victor D. Jackson, 41, of the 5500 block of Hunt Place NE in Washington, D.C.
The accident happened around 9 a.m. Wednesday, when a 2006 Ford Focus traveling west on Pulaski Highway entered a work zone near Belvidere Road in North East, striking the workers, police said.
The zone was marked with orange cones and safety equipment, and it was not immediately clear why the driver entered the area, police said.
The driver of the Ford, identified only as a male, was uninjured and refused medical treatment, police said. He was questioned and released, though police said charges are pending.
Maryland State Highway Administration officials are on the scene. Maryland State Police from the North East Barrack are handling the investigation. The Cecil County State’s Attorney’s Office has been notified, police said.
Westbound Pulaski Highway was closed at Belvidere Road for several hours Wednesday morning, police said.
Anyone with information about the crash may contact the Maryland State Police North East Barrack at (410) 996-7800.