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1 killed, 1 injured in ODOT road work crashes

ODOT is urging drivers to slow down around construction sites.

Posted: Aug 16, 2018 6:42 PM
Updated: Aug 17, 2018 11:19 AM

ATHENA, Ore.-- One contracted flagger working at an ODOT site is dead and another is seriously injured after crashes at two separate work zones in Oregon.

The first and fatal crash happened Tuesday night on OR11 in Umatilla county. We're told an impaired driver hit and killed Tyresa Monaghan.

The second crash happened Wednesday night On OR99 West near Monmouth.

Following those crashes, ODOT is urging drivers to pay complete attention to the road, especially in areas with workers.

Angela Beers-Seydel with ODOT said drivers should obey speed signs, move over to give workers more room, and know before you go. Check to see where construction may be happening along the route you're driving.

Beers-Seydel said the construction areas are clearly marked.

"We always have big orange signs saying construction ahead, workers ahead, watch for flaggers. All of those things are your clue that something's going on out of the norm and we need you to pay total attention,” Beers-Seydel said Thursday.

An update on the condition of the injured flagger who survived was not available Thursday.

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