Mississippi state highway worker killed when tractor rolls over while cutting grass

Published 5:20 pm Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Mississippi Department of Transportation says one of its employees was killed when the tractor he was driving rolled over as he mowed grass by a roadside.

The department says in a news release that the accident happened Tuesday next to U.S. Highway 84 in Franklin County, near the Adams County line in southwestern Mississippi.

The employee was 57-year-old Mark Youngblood of Roxie. He had worked for the department’s maintenance office in Bude since 2011.

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Department director Melinda McGrath called Youngblood “one of our dedicated public servants,” and she asked people to keep Youngblood’s family in their prayers.

A Department of Transportation construction manager was killed Sept. 11 when he was struck by an 18-wheeler while working on a roadside in northeastern Mississippi’s Itawamba County.