Flagger Killed In Construction Zone Crash


A flagger who was working in a southern Oregon construction zone was killed in a crash Tuesday evening.

At approximately 8:32 p..m. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle on Highway 140 East about 12 miles northwest of Medford.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a gold Mazda, operated by 38-year-old Zahara Gonzales, of Klamath Falls, was traveling westbound on Hwy 140E, entering an active construction zone. Gonzales struck a road construction flagger, identified as 45-year-old Daniel Wessel, of Klamath Falls. Wessel was working for Rocky Mountain Construction.

Wessel sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene.

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, and Klamath Fire Department.

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