A road construction worker was killed and two others were injured in a crash in a work zone in Happy Valley midday Tuesday.
According to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Fedsot A. Tsopko, 51, was driving a 1990 Lexus 4D north on Southeast 122nd Avenue when he came into a construction zone and failed to yield to flaggers.
Tsopko hit a flagger and two other construction workers, and the car went about 200-300 feet before going off the road and flipping over into an embankment.
One of the construction workers died at the scene while the other two were taken to a nearby hospital.
Crews from the Clackamas Fire District responded to the scene to extricate Tsopko who had been trapped inside his vehicle. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and accompanied by Happy Valley police.
Tsopko was released from the hospital and immediately taken to Clackamas County Jail. He has been booked on charges of manslaughter in the third degree and DUII.
According to the sheriff’s office, the workers were repairing and installing water lines. The construction workers were independent contract workers, not city employees.
Southeast 122nd closed from Sunnyside Road to Spring Mountain Drive was closed while deputies investigated the crash.
The crash happened just outside the Spring Mountain Elementary School, but the sheriff’s office noted that the school was not affected outside of slower traffic.
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