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Iron County road worker killed

BATES TOWNSHIP — An Iron County Road Commission employee died Wednesday after being struck and pinned between vehicles while working as a flagger on Bates-Amasa Road near Shady Lane in Iron County.

An investigation determined a 57-year-old Newald, Wis., man driving a 2005 Ford Ranger pickup truck failed to stop in a marked work zone just after 2 p.m. Wednesday and hit the flagger, pinning him between the truck and the flagger’s road commission vehicle, according to a news release from the Michigan State Police, Iron Mountain Post.

The flagger died at the site. The pickup truck driver was taken by ambulance to Aspirus Hospital in Iron River and later airlifted to Wausau, Wis., for further treatment, but his injuries are not considered life-threatening, the news release stated.

The names of the road commission employee and pickup truck driver were not released.

The investigation is ongoing, though alcohol is not believed to be a factor, according to the release.

Troopers were assisted by the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, West Iron Fire Department, Aspirus EMS, Iron County Search and Rescue, and Iron County Victim Advocacy team.

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