A construction flagger was seriously injured in a Monday morning crash on Highway 101 about five miles south of Warrenton. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Astoria Area Command are continuing the investigation.
On April 29, 2013 at 10:25 a.m. a red Suzuki Wagon driven by THOMAS CHATTERTON, age 76, from Seaside, was northbound on Highway 101 near milepost 14 entering an active construction zone controlled by flaggers.
A construction flagger, TAMMY COCHEN, age 47, from Sandy, was standing near the northbound lane at the beginning of the construction zone. COCHEN had just displayed the stop sign for northbound traffic when she was sideswiped by CHATTERTON'S vehicle.
COCHEN received serious injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria.
CHATTERTON was cited by (OSP) troopers for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device. CHATTERTON was wearing safety restraints.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Medix Ambulance.