Police are investigating after a flag person was struck and killed by a pickup truck in a construction zone on Thursday.

It happened on Route 80 between Heart’s Content and New Perlican. The victim was taken to Carbonear Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Transportation Minister Steve Crocker issued a statement about the incident.

“We are deeply saddened to learn today that an employee of a contractor performing work for the Department of Transportation and Works has succumbed to injuries stemming from an incident earlier today,” Crocker said.

“On behalf of the department and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, I extend my sincerest condolences to the employee’s family, colleagues and friends. An investigation into this tragic incident is ongoing and the department is cooperating with all officials involved with that investigation.”