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Construction worker killed in speeding-related accident on U.S. 61

BLUE GRASS -- A construction worker was killed when a driver traveling at a high rate of speed crashed in a construction zone on U.S. Highway 61 near Coonhunter's Road between Davenport and Blue Grass late Thursday morning.

According to Scott County Sheriff Dennis Conard, a vehicle out of Muscatine was observed speeding near the construction zone. A deputy traveling the other way turned around to pursue, but the speeding vehicle crashed.

Conard said a worker from Valley Construction was a fatality. He also said that a baby was the sole passenger in the vehicle that crashed. There were also injuries as a result of the crash, but Conard did not know how serious they were or if they were to the driver or the child.

No names are being released at this time, Conard added.