MDOT worker dies in “tractor accident” in Franklin County

A Mississippi Department of Transportation worker was killed in Franklin County on Tuesday. 

In a statement, MDOT confirmed that Mark Youngblood, a maintenance technician, died in a “tragic tractor accident” on Highway 84 on Tuesday. 

“My heart goes out to Mark’s family, friends and coworkers,” said Melinda McGrath P.E., MDOT Executive Director. “When we lose anyone from the MDOT family it shakes the agency to its core. He was working to maintain the highways and improve safety for Mississippi. Mark was one of our dedicated public servants willing to do needed work along Mississippi highways. We ask everyone to keep the Youngblood family in your thoughts and prayers as we seek comfort and healing for everyone touched by this tragic loss.”

Youngblood had worked in the Bude Maintenance Office since April 2011.

Another MDOT employee, Jeff Boren, was killed in Itawamba County on September 11th after being hit by an 18-wheeler while he was working.