Flagger Hit and Killed by Truck Driver on I-5 Near Wolf Creek
Date: August 13, 2013
Location: Interstate 5, Wolf Creek
Name: Kathleen Roberta Wilson
Police report that Kathleen Roberta Wilson, 60, of Trial, was working as a flagger for a private company. The private company she’d been working for was there to assist the Oregon Transportation Department on a paving project. Wilson was had just parked a truck pulling a lighted arrow sign. When she got out of the vehicle to pick up a portable sign, both Wilson and the truck she’d just parked were hit by a commercial truck. Wilson died at the scene.
The driver of the truck stopped about a half mile down the road. He was apparently unaware that anyone had been killed in the collision and thought he’d only hit a parked vehicle. The truck driver’s name and the name of the company he was working for has not been released.
No citations were issued in the collision and the investigation is ongoing at this time.
We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the flagger killed in this accident, Kathleen Roberta Wilson. Our thoughts are with you as you grieve for the loss of your loved one.
Because of the nature of their work, construction workers are exposed to many dangers such as incomplete structures, electricity, power tools, hazardous chemicals, unguarded heights, heavy equipment, etc.
If they are injured while performing these dangerous tasks because of faulty or poorly designed machinery, an employer’s negligence, or another’s carelessness, they could be entitled to compensation through a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim.
A worker may be able to bring a personal injury claim IF a 3rd party (i.e. not their employer) is liable for the injuries – as is true in this collision. Otherwise, they should be able to receive compensation through workers’ compensation insurance. Some examples of 3rd party liability include:
- Another driver causes an accident when the worker is performing work duties
- A tool or piece of equipment is defective (manufacturer may be responsible)
- Another person or company on the job site is negligent (like an outside contractor)
A competent Portland construction workers lawyer will be able to help you navigate through the claims process to get money for your medical bills, physical therapy, loss of wages, and other damages.