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A road construction worked was killed late Thursday and another was seriously injured when they were hit by a car in a construction zone in Nanaimo.

The incident occurred just before midnight on Thursday September 23rd, near Kipp Road and the Trans-Canada Highway.

The driver of the vehicle involved, a white hatchback car, was detained by police for investigation.

Tragically, Nanaimo RCMP said one of the victims died at the scene, while the other was transported to hospital with serious injuries.

The highway was closed overnight in both directions with traffic being rerouted via alternate routes and reopened this morning around.

Investigators believe alcohol and speed to be contributing factors in the crash.

“While the investigation is only in the preliminary stages and evidence continues to be gathered, alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors,” RCMP said in a media statement.

“When police arrived, two victims were being attended to by BC Ambulance Service staff.”

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or any persons who may have dash cam footage of the collision or immediately preceding the collision, are asked to contact investigators at the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

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