R.J. Corman: Signs & barricades improperly placed in deadly flooding accident

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- RJ Corman is mourning the loss of two employees who were killed in the South Carolina flooding. It’s also releasing new information on what happened.

The company says the victims were 58-year-old Bob Vance of Lexington and 53-year old Ricky McDonald of Ohio. It says they were killed after an RJ Corman truck fell into a large hole created by floodwaters. Investigators say three other workers inside the truck were able to escape.

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In a statement, RJ Corman said, “We are in the process of gathering more information about the accident and are fully cooperating with an ongoing official investigation. However, the most current information we have indicates that our employees acted in a cautious manner and one in compliance with internal policies and road restrictions. Although initial reports incorrectly stated that R. J. Corman employees had evaded barricades and ignored road closure signs, South Carolina State Highway Patrol has confirmed reports that those signs and barricades were improperly placed, giving the employees the impression that only the opposite side of the road from which they were traversing was closed. Preliminary investigation reports lead us to believe the leading cause of the accident will be attributed to inadequate warning.”