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A contractor for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development was killed Wednesday while working on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge, DOTD said in a statement.

Andres Torres, 48, was attaching an arrow sign to the back of a company pickup truck on the westbound side of Interstate 10 when he was hit by another vehicle, State Police said Wednesday.

The left lane was closed for construction overnight, so crews, including Torres, were reopening the lane before the crash about 5 a.m. Ronald Brown, 32, of Sunset, was traveling westbound and hit the back of the arrow sign and Torres, State Police said.

The worker was transported to a hospital, where he died.

"This is a somber reminder that safety on the roadway is of the utmost importance and that drivers must be extra diligent when in or approaching work zones," DOTD said.

The driver, who was wearing a seat belt, received minor injuries. Troopers do not suspect impairment, State Police said, but they took a toxicology sample from the driver for testing.

State Police officials said they continue to investigate and charges are pending.