ODOT worker killed during workplace accident in Eastern Oregon

NEAR ECHO, Ore. - A 54-year-old Oregon Department of Transportation worker was killed on the job Tuesday, the agency said.

Donald Kendall of Ukiah, Oregon, was killed during an accident on a chip seal paving operation on Highway 320, which is south of Interstate 84 near Echo, spokesman Dave Thompson said.

Oregon State police said the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office was notified of the accidental death of Kendall at 1:15 p.m.

Thompson said it is not yet known exactly what happened. He said Kendall was a transportation maintenance specialist.

He worked for ODOT for more than 29 years, Thompson said. He operated snow plows and helped stranded drivers.

"The ODOT family lost one of our own today," said ODOT Deputy Director Paul Mather. "We all feel his loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his fellow workers."

OSP said it is the lead agency into the investigation of the incident and Oregon OSHA is on scene.