A trucker who struck and killed a highway worker watched 14 PornHub videos in the moments leading up to the smash, police say.

Tate Doom, 47, is accused of watching the X-Rated clips on the adult website in the lead up to the October 2018 collision that killed Vernon Hedquist, 59, on Interstate 94 in Rogers, Minnesota.

After the smash, which saw Doom’s semi rear-end a pickup truck and send its trailer spinning into Hedquist, police seized his phone.

The Star Tribune reported that Doom was found to have deleted 14 video files from PornHub.

Closer forensic analysis discovered Doom began playing those clips at 1:40pm and continued until 2:07pm.

That was less than 90 seconds before the fatal crash.

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Hennepin County Attorney’s Office spokesman Chuck Laszewski said: ‘It appears, based on the investigation, that he was watching pornography at the time of (impact).’

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Doom has denied using his phone at the time of the accident, and insists he was traveling at 50mph.

But Minnesota State Patrol investigators say he was actually doing 72mph at the time of the crash.

That is just above the area speed limit of 70mph, and more than 20mph faster than the pickup Doom smashed into.

Hedquist’s widow Cindy said he had long worried about his safety while working on the road.

Shortly after her husband’s death, she said: ‘He absolutely was very concerned about his safety on the job.’

Doom also struck Hedquist’s co-worker Thomas Wood, who was injured, but survived.

The trucker was charged with criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation last Friday.

He remains in jail ahead of an August 12 hearing.

A new state law banning Minnesota motorists from holding their phones while driving comes into effect on August 1.