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West Virginia Turnpike operations worker killed in accident

A West Virginia Turnpike operations worker was killed in an accident involving a tractor trailer in Mercer County Thursday afternoon. (WOAY)

A West Virginia Turnpike operations worker died in an accident in Mercer County Thursday afternoon.

The accident happened in the southbound lanes of I-77, near the Camp Creek Exit, around 3:45 p.m.

Officials say a tractor-trailer collided with two West Virginia Parkway Authority vehicles that were parked along the side of the road, along with three employees who were standing near those vehicles.

According to officials, one worker was killed and two others are in critical condition. Their names have not been released at this time.

The crash remains under investigation.

Governor Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice issued a statement Friday, expressing their condolences.

"We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken after learning about this tragic accident,” the statement said. “Please join us in praying for the family, friends and co-workers of these three men. It is an extremely sad day for West Virginia.”

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