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Construction workers killed in crash on Great River Bridge

Two construction workers from a Burlington company were struck and killed Tuesday by a passenger car on the Illinois side of the Great River Bridge.

The single-vehicle accident happened around 8 a.m.

Pearson Franklin, 20, of New London, and Andrew Whitcomb, 35, of Burnside, were setting barrels on U.S. Route 34 over the Mississippi River.

They were behind their pickup truck and trailer that had yellow construction lights activated.

A car driven Emily Johnson, 21, of Gladstone, was westbound when it struck a barrel, then the two workers.

Johnson is charged with improper passing of a stationary emergency vehicle, improper use of an electronic communication devise, and failure to reduce speed.

She sustained minor injuries in the crash.

The westbound lane of U.S. Route 34 over the Mississippi River to Burlington was closed until around 2 p.m.

Jane Carlson is TSPR's regional reporter.