Although the flagger told the drive to stop, the SUV suddenly accelerated, running over the female flagger and continuing down the road.
The RCMP believe that the same driver hit a male flagger further down the road.
One flagger was taken to Royal Columbian Hospital with a serious concussion, serious compression injuries on her leg, and bruising. The other flagger had less serious injuries.
Shortly thereafter, police received a call about a woman allegedly assaulting two children nearby. The suspect is believed to be the driver involved in the hit-and-run incidents. According to police, the children are related to the woman but will not disclose what their relationship is. B.C.'s children and family ministry has stepped in.
The woman, who is in her late 30s and from Surrey, was arrested and is facing possible criminal and Motor Vehicle Act charges.
This latest incident happened not long after a traffic flagger was struck by a vehicle on Sooke Road near Langford on Vancouver Island on June 8. The collision sent both the flagger and the vehicle into the ditch. The flagger was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Herback told News 1130 that over her 30 years of working in the industry, she has seen a constant deterioration of conditions.
According to WorkSafeBC data, 15 roadside workers died and 229 were injured after being hit by vehicles over the past decade (124 of them were flaggers or in traffic control).
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