Oregon highway worker killed during paving work

ECHO, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Transportation Department says a 54-year-old highway worker has been killed in a workplace accident in northeast Oregon.

The department said 29-year highway department veteran Donald Kendall died Tuesday during a chip seal paving operation. That work was being done along Oregon Highway 320 south of Interstate 84 near the town of Echo.

Transportation spokesman Dave Thompson said no details were immediately available. Oregon State Police are investigating.

Thompson says Kendall was a maintenance crew member who had operated snowplows and graders and helped stranded citizens.