KLAMATH COUNTY — On Tuesday, 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 Highway 140E, entering an active construction zone. Gonzales struck a road construction flagger, identified as Daniel Wessel, 45, of Klamath Falls. Wessel was working for Rocky Mountain Construction.
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Wessel sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Highway 140E was closed for 4 hours following the crash.
OSP was assisted by ODOT, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, and Klamath Fire Department.