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Relatives of state workers killed on roads to receive tuition

Families of law enforcement, firefighters killed on duty already get free college educations.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Children and spouses of state transportation workers killed on the job will now receive free tuition at Washington's public colleges, under a bill signed into law Wednesday.

"It's awesome. I can't explain the feeling," said Kelsey Williams, whose father Sam was killed while working on Highway 12 in Lewis County in 2000.

A distracted driver hit and killed Sam Williams who was in a construction zone.

The crash happened on Kelsey Williams' ninth birthday.

She said the new law will pay for her and her sister to get bachelor degrees.

Since 1950, 59 transportation department employees have been killed on the job.

Under the law the children or spouses can get the tuition covered by the state as long as they start school within 10 years of their high school reunion.

The same benefits were already given to family members of law enforcement or firefighters killed in the line of duty.

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