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Flagger injured in construction-zone crash near Ashland

A construction-zone flagger was sent to the hospital in Ashland earlier this week after being struck by a driver at a work site.

Vickie Williams, a 43-year-old woman from Odanah, was hit around 12:12 p.m. on Monday at a work zone near where State Highway 112 meets Maple Lane in Ashland County and was taken to Memorial Medical Center in Ashland to be treated for serious injuries. The crash was caused by a Toyota RAV4 driven by Gerald Robertson, a 77-year-old man from Mason.

According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, Robertson, upon approaching the construction zone, found a line of cars ahead of him. Rather than wait, he chose to drive onto the highway’s right shoulder in an attempt to go around four stopped vehicles. Williams was struck in the midst of that maneuver. Robertson did not report any injuries.

Sgt. Tim Weiberg of state patrol’s Northwest Region Spooner Post said on Wednesday that he has no new information on Williams’ status. An official at Memorial Medical Center declined to comment.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is currently repaving State Highway 112 from State Highway 118 to U.S. Highway 2 in Ashland County. That work, which is being done in conjunction with the repaving of Highway 118 from Ashland Bayfield Road to Highway 112, is projected to cost $2.9 million. The work is being done by Northwoods Paving, of Ashland.

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