A highway flagger was killed this afternoon near Wolf Creek in a collision involving a commercial truck, Oregon State Police said in a news release.
The flagger was employed by a private company contracting with the Oregon Department of Transportation, OSP said. The name of the company and the person haven't been released yet.
The flagger had parked a truck pulling a trailer carrying a lighted arrow sign and was outside the truck picking up a portable sign from the grass next to the guardrail near milepost 76 outside Wolf Creek just after 1 p.m. The northbound commercial truck struck the parked vehicle, killing the flagger, the OSP news release said.
The truck continued north and stopped at a fuel station about half a mile away. A trooper contacted the truck driver, who didn't know a person had died in the crash involving his truck and the flagger's truck on the highway's shoulder, OSP said.
One northbound lane of Interstate 5 at the scene was closed until about 4:45 p.m. The investigation is continuing. OSP is assisted at the scene by ODOT. The involved company has asked that its name be withheld until the victim's name is released, officials said.
— Chris Conrad