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Two Caltrans Workers Killed in Siskiyou County

Published On: Apr 25 2013 12:24:47 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 25 2013 03:48:04 PM CDT
HAPPY CAMP, Calif. -


Flags are flying at half-staff at the State Capitol in memory of two Caltrans employees who were killed during a rock scaling operation.  It happened at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Siskiyou County along State Route 96 near Happy Camp.  

Joseph "Robert" Jones, 40, from Montague and Shawn Baker, 50, from Weed were killed.  Kevin Skillen, 50, was injured and flown to a Medford hospital. He is in stable condition.

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.

Shawn Baker had been with Caltrans for 12 years and leaves behind a wife, two daughters, ages 25 and 21 and two sons, ages 19 and 16.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Jones and Baker families. We are doing everything we can to support them and the Skillen family at this very difficult time," said District 2 Director John Bulinski. "We are a very close family here at Caltrans and when an incident like this happens, it affects us all."

Governor Jerry Brown order flags at the State Capitol to be flown at half-staff.   

"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," said Gov. Brown.  "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."