Highway worker killed in 1-5 collision

A highway flagger was killed Wednesday afternoon near Wolf Creek in a collision involving a commercial truck, Oregon State Police said in a news release.

The flagger — a 60-year-old woman from Trail, whose name will be released this morning — was employed by a private company contracting with the Oregon Department of Transportation, OSP said.

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 along Interstate 5 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.

The name of the driver in the incident was to be released this morning.

Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Gary Leaming said the incident should serve as a reminder to motorists to take extra care when driving through a highway construction zone.

"When you start seeing that orange it's a sign to slow down and be observant," Leaming 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.


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