A somber crowd gathered on Afton Mountain Wednesday evening for an annual Virginia Department of Transportation vigil. The event honored workers killed while serving the commonwealth.
The memorial off Interstate 64 stands as a reminder of those employees who had their lives cut short because of deadly crashes in work zones.
The message Wednesday night was clear: slow down, keep your eyes on the road and be careful.
"The stories on this wall, 133 stories of those employees that were killed are beyond what we know today. And died because of someone else's inattention,” said VDOT commissioner Charles Kilpatrick.
Over the past year, 21 Virginians died because of fatal work zone crashes. Surviving relatives of slain workers, police officers and other government employees were in the audience Wednesday night.
This year, VDOT said its goal is to curb speeding in construction areas.
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