Flagger injured in work zone crash

MONMOUTH — A work zone flagger on Highway 99 W was hit and seriously injured at 9 p.m. on Aug. 15, eight miles south of Monmouth. according to a news release from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The night before, a fatal crash occurred in another work zone on Highway 11 in Umatilla County near Athena.

“We are tremendously saddened,” said ODOT Director Matthew Garrett in the release. “My thoughts today are with our fallen and injured workers and their families. It is a sad reminder that safety should be our first priority on the road whether driving or working on it. Let’s make sure we all get home safe.”

Work on Highway 99 W, the Monmouth to Lewisburg paving preservation project, was suspended for the night after the crash. The pavement had been ground down in preparation for paving before the crash occurred.

Crews were scheduled to return Aug. 16 with additional flaggers and message boards to remind people to slow down, pay complete attention and watch for crew members.

The project began July 15. Crews have been working from 6:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Flaggers and pilot cars are being used to control traffic. The work is scheduled to be completed in September.

Travel safely in work zones

Pay complete attention, especially in the transition zone before the work area. An inattentive driver is the most common cause of work zone crashes.

Orange is your clue! Pay attention when you see orange signs, barrels, cones and barricades.

Obey all speed signs, because speed may be reduced for your safety and the safety of workers.

Remember, work zone traffic lanes often are narrow, without shoulders or emergency lanes.

When possible, move over to give workers more room between them and your vehicle.

Expect delays — plan for them and leave early so you can drive safely through the work zone.

Call 511 or visit www.TripCheck.com to check routes, work zones and road and weather conditions before you head out.

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