The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a state highway department employee was killed while helping fill a sinkhole in Pawnee County Thursday afternoon.
The OHP says 53-year-old Jerald Warden of Meramec was directing an Oklahoma Department of Transportation dump truck driver where to off-load asphalt just east of Westport on Highway 412.
The accident happened just before 4 p.m.
Troopers say a bungee cord securing a stop sign attached to the truck broke and the sign hit Warden in neck. Warden was taken to a Tulsa hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Officials said Jerald Warden had been an ODOT employee since 2006.