Names of MDOT workers killed in Lumberton are released

The names of two Mississippi Department of Transportation employees who were killed while placing sand on an icy section of Highway 11 north of Lumberton were released today.

A third employee was also injured.

According to Lumberton Police Department, Leon Sims, 43 and Tyler Kilsby, 25, were killed Monday. A third employee who was in the MDOT vehicle, Percy Leggett, was injured and taken to Forrest General Hospital, where he was treated and released.

“This is a terrible tragedy,” said Southern District Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown. “Our prayers are extended to the employees’ families. The men and women who are working tirelessly everyday on our highways are risking their lives daily to make our highways safer. Please be aware and cautious as you travel through Mississippi work zones. Watching out for our men and women will make their jobs safer, roadways safer and will save lives."

The accident is under investigation.