Flags will be flown at half-staff at the state capitol in Sacramento for Shawn Baker of Weed and Joseph "Robert" Jones of Montague.
Flags at the state capitol will be flown at half-staff in honor of two Caltrans workers who were killed during a rock scaling operation early Wednesday afternoon on State Route 96 near Happy Camp.
Shawn Baker, 50, of Weed, and Joseph "Robert" Jones, 40, of Montague were killed, according to a Caltrans press release.
Kevin Skillen, 50, was injured and flown to a Medford hospital. He was reported to be in stable condition.
All three were Caltrans Equipment Operators II.
"Anne and I were saddened to learn of the deaths of Shawn Baker and Joseph 'Robert' Jones, who worked day-in and day-out to make the roads safer for Californians," California Governor Jerry Brown said in a statement released Wednesday. "We extend our deepest sympathies to their families, friends and colleagues mourning this tragedy. Our thoughts are also with Kevin Skillen who was injured in the incident."
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Jones and Baker families," said Caltrans District 2 Director John Bulinski. "We are doing everything we can to support them and the Skillen family at this very difficult time. We are a very close family here at Caltrans and when an incident like this happens, it affects us all."
Caltrans stated that its first priority is the safety of its employees and the public. "We are working closely with investigators to determine the exact causes of death."
Shawn Baker had been with Caltrans for 12 years He is survived by a wife, two daughters, ages 25 and 21, and two sons, ages 19 and 16.
Joseph Jones had been with Caltrans for seven years. He leaves behind a wife, 19 year old stepson, 15 year old son and a 13 year old daughter.