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Fatal collision

A road construction flagger working on Highway 140 East, Daniel Wessel, 45, of Klamath Falls, was killed after he was struck by a vehicle driven by Zahara Gonzales, 38, of Klamath Falls, Tuesday, June 18.

A Klamath Falls road construction flagger was killed Tuesday evening when a vehicle struck him in a construction zone along Highway 140 East.

Daniel Wessel, 45, sustained fatal injuries in the collision and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

On Tuesday, June 18, 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 near milepost 8.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a gold Mazda, operated by Zahara Gonzales, 38, of Klamath Falls, was traveling westbound on the highway, entering an active construction zone. Gonzales’s vehicle struck Wessel, who was working for Rocky Mountain Construction.

The highway was closed for four hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, and Klamath Fire Department.

Upon hearing of the incident, Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matt Garrett offered his condolences.

“One injury or fatality among our staff and contractors is one too many,” Garrett said. “Our hearts, minds, prayers and thoughts go out to this family of our fallen comrade. We will, we must do better at protecting those who put their lives on the line to enhance and maintain our vital transportation system.”

An investigation into the collision is continuing.