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'Dedicated' flagger dies

UPDATE: 10:35 a.m.

A North Okanagan flagger who has died less than three weeks after being struck by a vehicle in a construction zone has been described as a dedicated family person and a wonderful friend.

Isabelle Bourroughs, 66, was working on Highway 6 in Lavington, when she was hit and critically injured while on the job.

"She was working because she loved what she did," said Traci Jeeves, Bourroughs' employer. "She was an awesome employee who was dedicated to her family. She was a wonderful friend."

Clearly distraught over her friend's death, Jeeves said flaggers would have a different perspective on their work following Bourroughs' tragic death.


ORIGINAL STORY: 7:55 a.m.

A flagger struck by a vehicle last month has succumbed to her injuries.

Traci Jeeves, owner of Okanagan Traffic Control, confirmed Isabelle Bourroughs died Wednesday evening.

Bourroughs, an experienced traffic control person, was struck on Nov. 17 on Highway 6 in Lavington.

It was her 66th birthday.

Cpl. Annie Linteau said “a west-bound vehicle approached the construction zone and was apparently stopped by the traffic control person in an area reduced to one-lane of traffic. It appears the driver of the vehicle involved was unable to stop in time and hit the traffic-control person.”

It is not yet known if the 75-year-old driver will face any charges in relation to the tragedy.

To raise awareness of the dangers flaggers face, around 100 traffic-control professionals held a rally along Highway 97 to remind people to slow down in construction zones.



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