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Weekly Toll: Death In The American Workplace

Ok folks I am almost caught up with the toll so sorry for the delays. It has been a crazy few months so please be patient.

Because of the difficulty involved with the families of the Crandall Canyon Mine I have waited until now to post this on the toll. God Bless All Those Lost.


The Missing Crandall Canyon Miners
Kerry Allred
Don Erickson
Luis Alonso Hernandez
Juan Carlos Payan
Brandon Phillips
Manuel Sanchez

Man Killed When Forklift Collides With Train

INDIANTOWN, Fla. -- Authorities said a man died after a New York-bound Amtrak train collided with a forklift in Palm Beach County. According to police, a worker operating a Bobcat forklift near the intersection of Beeline Highway and Indiantown Road was struck by the train around 11:15 a.m., launching the equipment and operator into the air. The forklift operator was found dead a few minutes after the impact, WPBF News 25 reported. Police said none of the 192 passengers or crew on the train, which was headed from Miami to New York City, were injured.


Muleshoe farmer killed in tractor crash

IN - A 41-year-old Muleshoe farmer was killed Sunday morning in Bailey County when a tractor he was driving overturned on U.S. 70/84 after being struck by a pickup truck, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Paul Fulcher was driving eastbound around 11 a.m. (CDT) when the tractor was struck by a Dodge Ram driven by Eduardo Rodriguez, 33, of Muleshoe, the DPS reported. The accident occurred about three-tenths of a mile from Progress, Mark Ellison, police communications operator, said Monday. Rodriguez’ vehicle clipped the axle of the tractor, causing his truck to spin into the ditch and the tractor to overturn, Ellison said. Fulcher was ejected from the tractor and crushed beneath it, Ellison said. He died at the scene.


Man dies after being pinned between trucks on Route 108

NEWMARKET — A Sandown man died after being pinned between a trash truck and a pickup truck on Route 108 Tuesday morning, police said. Joseph Tesoro, 26, of Sweetfarm Road was standing behind a Bestway garbage truck in front of 147 Exeter Road when it was struck by a 2004 Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by Louis Gielar, 86, of 111 Grant Road, according to police. Tesoro was an employee of Bestway Disposal Services of Epping. The large vehicle was stopped in the northbound lane when the Ranger, driven by Gielar, struck it from behind, pinning Tesoro between the two vehicles, according to police.


"Authorities Identify Driver Killed In Tanker Explosion"

TN - Authorities have identified the truck driver killed in Wednesday’s fiery tanker explosion on Briley Parkway near County Hospital Road as 29-year-old Daniel Moss of Wallace Road. Police said Moss appeared to drift to the right before overcorrecting, causing the tanker to roll over and explode. The tanker was hauling gasoline and was quickly engulfed in flames. The flames quickly caught the surrounding field on fire, creating a plume of black smoke visible from as far away as LaVergne. Fire department officials on the scene determined it would be unsafe to try and extinguish the blaze. Three hours later, the extremely hot fire burned out. There were no other vehicles involved in the crash and Moss, who worked for American Highway Transport based in Knoxville, was the only person killed. video


Capstar employee dies at drill site from electrocution

TX - A Capstar Drilling employee was pronounced dead Tuesday after he was electrocuted at a drilling operation in Cochran County. "From looking at the statements, a co-worker took him to a mud pump and was showing him how it worked," Cochran County Sheriff R.W. Stalcup said. "The man then put his hand on an electrical cord that gave power to the machine and the area he touched, some copper was exposed." Paramedics worked on the unidentified man, who was electrocuted around 3:45 p.m., for at least 30 minutes, Stalcup said. They pronounced the man dead after a doctor in Lubbock, via telephone, told emergency medical technicians he couldn't be revived, Stalcup said. It took at least 15 minutes for the emergency personnel to get to the man. "The area where the man was electrocuted is far out," Stalcup said. Police believe the man is in his 30s and from the Odessa area. The Cochran County Sheriff's Office is investigating.


Industrial accident fatal

KS - Another man injured when scaffolding tips over One man died and another was seriously injured Wednesday morning when a motorized scaffolding capable of extending 30 feet into the air tipped over in an accident at a south Topeka industrial building. Both victims were employed by Larry's Electric, authorities said. Their names weren't being released pending notification of family members. Shawnee County sheriff's spokeswoman Lt. Martha Lutz said the man who died was 46. The injured man was 29. The accident occurred at about 10:40 a.m. inside a building at 7215 S.W. Topeka Blvd., where Topeka Trailer Repair had been located until a July fire moved the business to a nearby warehouse.


County highway worker killed on the job

Collins, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard Wednesday said his department is investigating an accident that took the life of a Town of Collins highway worker. Edward Wittmeyer, 58, of Springville, was pronounced dead at the scene. Sheriff’s investigators report that a highway crew was working on South Quaker Road in Collins installing support posts for guard rails. They were using a wheeled excavator to drive the posts into the ground. A part of the machine came off striking two workings supporting the post. Peter Waterman, 49, of Collins, was taken to Erie County Medical Center with a head injury. Wittmeyer suffered head and internal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is continuing.


Worker dies after Madison accident

MADISON - A flagger who was struck by a falling utility pole at the Somerset County Jail construction site died after being taken to a Bangor hospital. Officials say 65-year-old Wayne Steward of Skowhegan was struck in the head when an excavator accidentally hit a guy wire and tore the top of the pole off at the Madison construction site. Steward was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and then by a LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center, where he died. Steward was wearing a hard hat at the time of the accident. Federal workplace safety officials are investigating.



5th Mine Worker Dies in W.V.

WV - Mining officials continue to investigate the weekend death of a worker at an underground coal mine in southern West Virginia. A spokesman for the Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training identified the victim as 53-year-old Robert D. Fraley of Dorothy. Fraley's body was found Sunday at the bottom of a 300-foot mine shaft at the Mountain Laurel Complex near Sharples, which is close to the Logan-Boone county line. The mine is owned by the Mingo Logan Coal Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Arch Coal of St. Louis. State Police Trooper J.E. Williams says a co-worker noticed Fraley wasn't in the area he was supposed to be in and a search was started. The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management was notified of the death at 8:31 a.m. Sunday.


Man dies in accident at Wyoming mine

GREEN RIVER _ An accident involving a mine transport vehicle at a trona mine near Green River has left one worker dead. The accident occurred shortly before noon Wednesday. FMC spokesman Jim Fitzwater said two mine operators were en route to their designated work area when their mine transport overturned. Fitzwater said a crew that was getting off work discovered the accident. He said 41-year-old Carder Largent Junior, of Mountain View, later died of injuries. Largent had been an employee of the company since 1990. The other worker was treated and released at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Fitzwater said the mine was temporarily shut down pending an investigation. It was scheduled to reopen at 4 p.m. Thursday.


Man dies in conveyor belt accident

AK - A Palmer man died Thursday afternoon after becoming entangled in a conveyor belt at a gravel pit in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, according to Alaska State Troopers. Rick Meshew, 49, suffered fatal injuries shortly before 5 p.m. at Mile 38.5 Parks Highway, said troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters. An investigation by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration and the state Mining Safety and Health Administration is under way, Peters said. She said the state medical examiner would perform a routine toxicology screen but no autopsy. "Right now it appears to be an industrial accident," she said. "We'll know more after OSHA gives us their report. There's nothing to indicate foul play."



Rural Plymouth farmer killed in truck accident

PLYMOUTH, Neb. - A southeast Nebraska farmer is dead after being crushed beneath a truck this week. Authorities say 79-year-old Glenn Ebbers died Wednesday night following the accident on his farm seven miles west of Plymouth. His wife says he was working under the truck, but had forgotten to take it out of gear and became trapped beneath it. His son was with him at the time of the accident. Emergency workers freed Ebbers, but he died on the way to the hospital. Ebbers' death is believed to be the 13th fatal farming accident this year in Nebraska.


Tow truck driver killed in strange accident

PHOENIX, AZ - Phoenix police say a tow truck driver was killed this afternoon when a gun owner was cleaning a rifle when it went off. The incident occurred near 29th Avenue and Deer Valley Road. Investigators say the gun owner was manipulating the firearm and thought it was unloaded. The rifle discharged sending a bullet through a mobile home window covering, a window and across 29th Avenue where it struck the windshield of a tow truck that was traveling east. Police say the bullet went through the windshield striking the driver identified as 59-year-old Cecil Pugh. After the rifle discharged the gun owner ran outside where he found Pugh in the street with a gunshot wound. The gun owner ran to the truck and jumped into the cab stopping the truck. He then ran back to the victim and called police and fire. Phoenix P.D. says the preliminary investigation indicates the shooting was accidental.


MDOT Worker Killed In Logging Truck Crash

OSSUTH TOWNSHIP, ME - A State Department of Transportation worker was killed in a fatal crash on Route 6 in Kossuth Township Monday morning. Jarod Damon of Grand Lake Stream was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials say Damon was driving an MDOT truck when a logging truck hit it head on. Damon's passenger, Gregory Scott, suffered serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital. State police say it looks like the driver of the logging truck lost control of his rig. "The truck was hauling tree length logs. It appears he lost control around a sharp corner and the trailer of that truck crossed the center line and struck an MDOT truck head on," said Lt. Chris Coleman from the Maine State Police.


Worker killed at Millennium Pipeline project

TUXEDO, NY - A New Jersey man was killed yesterday morning after a piece of pipe-laying equipment rolled over him and down treacherous terrain at the site of the Millennium Pipeline project in Harriman State Park. Pat McCaffrey, 67, of Lebanon, N.J., was an employee of Precision Pipeline, a Wisconsin-based contractor hired by the Millennium Pipeline Co. LLC of Pearl River, a spokesman for the company said. The Millennium Pipeline Co. is building a massive underground natural gas pipeline there. It stretches 182 miles, from Montebello to Corning in the New York's Southern Tier. The incident occurred about 2 miles east of the New York State Thruway near the border of Rockland and Orange counties.


Worker Falls From Clear Lake High-Rise Building, Dies

TX - The Pasadena Police Department tells FOX 26 News that a construction worker was killed after falling from a Clear Lake high-rise building. The name of the building the worker fell from was the Endeavor, a condominium community under construction located on the 3800 block of NASA Pkwy. The man was pronounced dead by ambulance workers who responded to the site. The name of the victim has yet to be identified.


City Worker Dies In Tree Limb Accident

SAN ANTONIO, CA -- A city worker died after a tree limb fell on him near Brackenridge Park on Tuesday morning. The worker had been helping his crew cut down old limbs from a tree when the limb fell from above and hit him in the chest around 10 a.m., officers said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The high limb had been resting on top of another limb, Sgt. Alfred Trinidad said. When a worker tried to trim it to alleviate pressure, it fell off and landed on the worker below, Trinidad said. The identity of the worker has not been released.


Autopsy ties death to chlorine exposure

TX - A preliminary autopsy report released this week attributes the 2006 death of a Dow employee to pulmonary toxicity after being “acutely exposed to chlorine gas on the job” at the Dow Chemical Co. plant in Freeport. The Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office turned over the results to a local justice of the peace Friday, about 10 months after the death of Gerald Hamilton, 36, of Galveston. Family members said the results might help them come to terms with his death by knowing why he fell asleep one night after work and never woke up. “It helps to finally know at least how he died,” said Hamilton’s mother, Betty Thies, as she broke into tears. Hamilton, a union process operator, was clearing a pipeline at the plant in November 2006 when less than a third of a gallon of chlorine was released into the air.


Church worker dies in accident

Editor Three members of Southern Oaks Missionary Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, were involved in an accident on Thursday night while travelling to Alicia to work on the Alicia Baptist Church. Amanda K. Barfield, 32 of Whitehouse, Texas, was killed when the vehicle she was riding in was hit head-on by a vehicle that was travelling the wrong direction on U.S. Hwy. 67, near Cabot. According to Cpl. Stacy Sims of the Arkansas State Police, the accident occurred when a 2005 Chrysler 300, traveling southbound in the northbound lane, struck a northbound 1995 Toyota Camry. The Camry was then struck in the rear by a 2006 Dodge pickup truck, which was also traveling north. The driver of the Chrysler, Candace J. Hazlett, 58, of Jacksonville, was also killed in the accident. Jacqueline Harris, 47, of Searcy, driver of the Dodge, and Bradley D. Jordan, 37, and William "Trey" H. Barfield III, 32, both of Whitehouse, Texas, were all seriously injured in the accident.


El Paso CBP officer dies in crash near Moriarty

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air Interdiction Agent (Pilot Trainee) died while performing training as a result of an aircraft crash that occurred Monday at approximately 12:40 p.m. EDT at Moriarty Airport, near Albuquerque, N.M. The Air Interdiction Officer who died in the crash is Julio E. Baray. He is survived by his wife and two children. "Today, the Customs and Border Protection family mourns the loss of Officer Julio Baray," said Michael Kostlenik, Assistant Commissioner, CBP Office of Air and Marine. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."


Man Falls From Radio Tower

AL - Allegheny County detectives and Deer Township police are investigating after a man plunged an estimated 100 feet to his death late Monday afternoon (09/24). Since this was an on the job accident, it's likely that OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, will be looking into the mishap as well. A girl walking her dog in a field near the WGBN Radio tower saw the man lying on the ground. She ran home to tell her parents, who immediately notified authorities. A short time earlier, a neighbor said she saw the victim working alone on the tower. Linda Hobaugh said she had also seen him earlier, using a torch to dismantle the tower piece-by-piece. East Deer Fire Chief Tim McGorty said it appeared the man was wearing some sort of a belt or safety harness at the time of the fall. Whether it was attached or how it was attached to the tower is unclear. The top section of a ladder appeared to have buckled somehow. A hook and ladder truck from O'Hara Township was used so firefighters could retrieve the victim's ladder, and duffle bag, with some safety equipment still inside. The tower was one of two used by the full-time gospel radio station, WGBN. The victim and his son had painted the larger, 450-foot tower nearby several weeks ago. Neighbors said recently, however, they thought he was working alone on the shorter tower.


Caltrans worker struck by car on the job dies

CA - A Caltrans employee who was struck by a vehicle Tuesday while performing shoulder work at the Interstate 580-680 interchange has died, authorities said Wednesday. Djuan Bush, a 24-year-old San Leandro man, was pronounced dead at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, the Alameda County Coroner's Office said. Bush was injured when the driver of a Porsche reportedly lost control, veered into a Caltrans truck, bounced off and hit the worker before striking another truck, CHP Officer Steve Creel said. Bush was taken by ambulance to Eden Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries, which included several broken bones, the coroner's office said.


Port of Oakland workers stay off job after longshoreman killed

OAKLAND, Calif. - Workers at the Port of Oakland are staying off the job today after a longshoreman was crushed to death by a shipping container. The decision by nearly 15 hundred workers to stay away has brought the loading and unloading of ships at 1 of the nation's busiest ports to a halt. A union spokesman says the 15-ton container was being locked onto the top of another container on the deck of a cargo ship when it slipped and fell on the worker yesterday afternoon. The spokesman said the man died of internal bleeding after suffering a crushed pelvis and broken ribs. A port spokeswoman said much of the operation at the country's fourth largest port could remain shut down until tomorrow morning. An investigation is continuing into how the accident occurred.


Dump truck jackknifes in Brooklyn, killing two

Two men were killed when a dump truck filled with debris turned over, crushing their car at a Brooklyn intersection early Wednesday, police said. Witnesses told police it appears that the driver of a Toyota Camry tried to cut in front of the truck, causing it to jacknife and flip onto its side, landing on the car at Atlantic and Washington avenues in Prospect Heights. One of the men in the Camry appears to have died instantly, while witnesses heard the other moving around before falling silent.


Wauconda pilot killed on volunteer flight

IL - Paul Harris of Wauconda knew he was fortunate to own a plane, so he felt he had to give something back. He became a volunteer for Angel Flight Central, ferrying sick people to treatment centers around the Midwest. On Wednesday, while on a mission to pick up a patient in Findlay, Ohio, he died when his single-engine plane crashed. Harris, 57, who has two adult children, began flying 13 years ago, said his wife, Rebecca. "It was a childhood dream," she said Wednesday night. "As we got older and our kids were grown up he decided it was something he wanted to do. And that's what he did."


Accident at Tube Mill claims life of Commerce man, 26

MI - A Commerce Township man died Friday after being trapped inside a machine he was trying to fix at the Michigan Seamless Tube plant in South Lyon. The incident happened around 7:15 p.m. when Kevin Michael Wilson, 26, and a co-worker were working on a machine that encountered a problem and stopped, according to a South Lyon Police report. Wilson entered the working part of the machine, and once inside, the machine malfunctioned and started up again, according to the 21-year-old Belleville man who was working with Wilson. Wilson was trapped inside and suffered severe fatal head injuries. Police and emergency personnel arrived at 7:23 p.m. and Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene.


Construction Worker Killed in Polk City

POLK CITY, FL - A 39-year-old construction worker was killed today after he was crushed by a trailer, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said. Charles Vanduyn was working for L-J Construction Company at 15720 N. Commonwealth Ave. in Polk City when the trailer he was working with became detached and crushed him shortly before noon, sheriff’s spokeswoman Donna Wood said. Vanduyn’s death has been ruled an accident, Wood said. Wood said Vanduyn was a relative who worked for the family business. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been notified, but it’s not known whether they will investigate the accident, Wood said. OSHA could not be reached late Thursday afternoon.


Grain elevator owner dies in soybean bin

MAZON, Ill. -- A grain-elevator owner is dead after being buried under a massive pile of soybeans in a storage bin. Grundy County Chief Deputy Coroner Phyliss Dralle says Sean Garkey of Ottawa died Tuesday. The accident happened at Access Ag in Mazon, about 35 miles west of Kankakee. Garkey was 33. Dralle says Garkey's death is being investigated by the Grundy County Sheriff's Department, the coroner's office and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Fatal W. Knox County Industrial Accident

TN - A Knoxville man is dead following an industrial accident in West Knox County on Thursday afternoon. It happened around 2:00 PM at Ready-Mix Concrete on Lovell Road. Authorities tell us the man was an employee but they are not releasing his name right now. Keep it with Volunteer TV News and VolunteerTV.com for the latest on this developing.


Custodial worker found dead at high school

FL - On Thursday, Sept. 20, Union County EMS responded to a reported call of a man passed out in the bus loading area in front of the gym at Union County High School. According to Captain Garry Seay of the Union County Sheriff's Office, Dennis Weeks, 69, was found slumped over in the seat of his vehicle, and was pronounced dead at the scene. According to Seay, Weeks left his home around 5 a.m. to report to his custodial job at the high school and apparently died of a massive heart attack upon arriving at work. Weeks' body was taken from the scene by ambulance prior to the arrival of students at the high school. In a statement from principal Alex Nelson, he said that the Union County High School family mourns the loss of a dear friend and co-worker, Dennis Weeks. "We will miss his friendly smile and joyful presence. He was a friend to all and did his work with great pride, keeping the campus of Union County High spotlessly clean," Nelson said.


CONSTRUCTION WORKER FOUND DEAD ON SITE IDENTIFIED

CA - A construction worker who died early Monday night in San Francisco's Sunset District has been identified as 35-year-old Genaro Magana, according to the San Francisco Medical Examiner. Magana, of San Pablo, reportedly collapsed atop a scissor lift at the site of a Sunset Reservoir construction project at 1949 24th Ave., said San Francisco fire Lt. Ken Smith. Rescue crews were called to the site at about 5:05 p.m., but attempts to revive the man were unsuccessful, Smith said. The cause of Magana's death is under investigation. The death does not appear to be suspicious, according to Smith.


Pa. worker dies in construction accident

PA - A worker for a Western Pennsylvania company died Wednesday when a 6,500-pound metal form with a construction worker strapped to it fell from a crane at an Interstate 64 bridge construction site in Dunbar, W.Va. The victim was identified by police and fire officials as Jon Beatty, 47, of Punxsutawney. Mr. Beatty, a married father of three, worked for Brayman Construction Corp. of Saxonburg. The company said yesterday he was a carpenter foreman. Today would have been his 48th birthday, said Mike Welsh, lead council representative for Carpenters Local 2274 in Robinson. Mr. Beatty was initiated to the union in 1990. The local represents nearly 1,000 carpenters in 60 counties.


Search Underway For Deli Shooting Suspect

MT. OLIVER PA - Police are now looking for a suspect following a deadly shooting in Mt. Oliver. It happened just after 9am in a local deli on Brownsville Road near Arlington Avenue. According to investigators, the clerk in the A & E Deli Food Mart was shot. Authorities say the victim was taken to Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead just before 10am. Officials say an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow. Investigators say the suspect was wearing a black hooded shirt and black pants. Authorities are urging anyone with information on this case to contact them.


Funeral Services For 2 Men Killed In Robbery

OH - Friends and family gathered Saturday afternoon to remember two men killed during a robbery at the Covault Market in Dayton Tuesday. Funeral services for Robert Harris started at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Schlientz and Moore Funeral home. Harris was a long time employee of Covault Market and was killed along with owner, Roger Covault, Tuesday afternoon. The funeral for Roger Covault was at 2 p.m. Saturday at Westbrock Funeral Home.


Oilfield worker killed in accident

PIEDMONT, Okla. - Authorities say an oil-field worker was killed in an accident at a well site near Piedmont in Canadian County. Piedmont police Sergeant Jerry Goodwin says three employees of Southwest Oilfield Construction were working to pull piping out of the ground when a pipe strand snagged a piece of the oil rig about 7:15 last night. Goodwin says the large object -- possibly weighing as much as 1,800 pounds -- came up from the ground with the pipe and struck the platform where the men were working. He says the men were launched into the air and falling debris crushed 1 of the workers after he fell to the ground. Goodwin says that man died at the scene. Another worker was flown by medical helicopter to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where he's listed in critical condition. The third man was taken to Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City and is listed in good condition.


Man faces felony DUI charge in death of Island Packet employee

SC - A Hilton Head Island man who was at fault in a Saturday car crash that killed a 36-year-old Bluffton woman will face a charge related to felony driving under the influence, according to police. Alicia Orozco, an Island Packet employee, was killed when Alexander Zavalla Palacios, 25, was driving his Chrysler Town and Country minivan north on John Smith Road at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday when he went through the stop sign at U.S. 278 and hit the passenger's side of a Nissan Armada SUV going east on the highway -- killing passenger Alicia Orozco, 36, of Bluffton -- Hardeeville police Lt. Dan Martin said.


Driver Charged After One Is Killed and Three Are Hurt in Crash in the Village

NY - A delivery worker was killed and three others were injured early yesterday when a drunken driver crashed a sport utility vehicle into their parked van at an intersection in Greenwich Village, the police said. One of the deliverymen, Antonio Barranco Hernandez, 36, was dead when the authorities arrived, according to the police. Witnesses said that Mr. Hernandez and two other men were unloading fruit from the rear of their gray Ford Econoline van on Seventh Avenue South just south of Grove Street about 7:20 a.m. when a cream-colored Lincoln Aviator, hurtling down Seventh Avenue South, apparently lost control after swerving to avoid another vehicle and rammed into the parked van.

Man Electrocuted At Local Plant

NEWELL, W.Va. -- Police said a 23-year-old man died in an industrial accident in Hancock County early Tuesday. Ethan Caleb Hart is believed to have been electrocuted at the C.E. Mineral Plant on Kennedy Park Road near state Route 2 around 12:45 a.m. The Hancock County Sheriff's Department is investigating, and Jones said the plant will be working to with Occupational Safety Hazard Association representatives to determine the cause of the accident. Ken Jones, vice president of the plant, said Hart had worked as a forklift driver at the plant for less than six months. He was found on the ground by his supervisor and another worker in front of an electrical panel out of his regular work area, Jones said. He said police and paramedics believe Hart was electrocuted, but officials won't know for sure until an autopsy is performed. About 35 people work at the plant, which produces different types of minerals that are used in steel mills. Jones said this is the first fatal accident at the plant that he can recall.


Anglen, Truck Driver Killed in Kansas

IA - An Iowa tractor-trailer driver died Wednesday in a crash on northbound Interstate 435 in western Wyandotte County. The accident happened about 11:30 a.m. when a car struck the truck over the Metropolitan Avenue bridge, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report. The collision sent the car and the tractor-trailer into the interstate bridge rail. The truck cab flipped over the rail and plunged into the concrete interstate embankment, igniting an intense fire that destroyed the vehicle. The rig's trailer flipped and skidded about 100 feet and landed in the north lanes of I-435. The truck driver, Richard Anglen, 40, of Silver City, Iowa, was ejected during the crash. Anglen was airlifted to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The car, driven by John K. Nichols, 17, of Johnson County, bounced off Anglen's vehicle and came to rest in a ditch. Troopers said Nichols suffered minor injuries, but a passenger in his car was not injured.


Sanitation worker killed in fatal crash in Newmarket

NEWMARKET, N.H. --One person was killed and two others injured in two unrelated crashes on the same road in Newmarket on Tuesday. Police said sanitation worker Joseph Tesoro, 26, of Sandown, was killed when he was pinned between the trash hauler he was riding on and a pickup truck. The crash occurred at about 11 a.m. on Route 108, and the road was closed for hours while police investigated. The truck was being driven by an 86-year-old man; police said it's too early to tell what caused the crash.


Man, 35, killed in welding explosion

GA - A 35-year-old contractor was killed this afternoon in an explosion at a south Augusta business, according to the Richmond County coroner. The accident took place about 1:30 p.m. at Farmers & Truckers Biodiesel Fuel Supply at 4207 Mike Padgett Highway, the coroner said. The identity of the victim is expected to be released later this afternoon. Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten said the victim was welding a stainless steel transfer tank when it exploded. No one else was injured. He is an employee for Advanced Sheet Metal, officials said.


Ferguson Unit warden found dead in pool

TX - A Texas Department of Criminal Justice warden was found dead in a Madison County unit’s pool only two weeks after taking the prison’s top spot. A TDCJ spokesperson confirmed Monday that Clarence Mosley, 45, was found dead in the Ferguson Unit’s employee pool a little after 1 p.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead on the scene at 1:50 p.m. The Ferguson Unit is located about 5 miles south of Midway. Jason Clark, a spokesperson for TDCJ, said the death appeared to be accidental.


Lorain worker crushed to death

LORAIN, OH — An employee of Brush Wellman Engineered Products was crushed to death Sunday night in a casting machine. Matthew Salisbury, 30, of Day Drive in Lorain, was pronounced dead at the scene following the accident, which occurred at about 10:50 p.m., said county Coroner Paul Matus. “He died as a result of acute trauma,” Matus said. “His injuries were obvious and fatal.” The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Toledo office is investigating the accident. “He was inside a machine and got pinned,” said Dick Tracy, the agency’s assistant area director. He said it was too early to say how the accident occurred. Salisbury’s wife, Jennifer Salisbury, said a co-worker told her he saw the whole thing. “The machine was broke down — it was clogged — and he was trying to unclog it,” she said.


State worker dies after injury in L&I

WA - Bill Harmon, an office assistant in the Department of Labor and Industries, died last night after suffering an injury in a stairwell at the agency's Tumwater headquarters. He was 87. Department Director Judy Schurke said in a message today: Although there were no witnesses to this unfortunate situation, L&I employees heard the sounds of a fall and responded immediately. They called 911, notified building security, and took action to block the area. In addition, a number of L&I staff went to the hospital to show their support for the family. I’m proud of the way our employees responded.


Worker killed at Brush Wellman

LORAIN, OH -- A Lorain man died at the Brush Wellman facility late Sunday night while trying to fix a piece of machinery that had malfunctioned, according to a Lorain police report. Employees called 911 at 11:18 p.m. after they heard Matt Salisbury, 30, yelling for help by a machine he was operating. Salisbury was attempting to fix a malfunction with a saw and once he cleared the problem, the saw, which was under pressure, rose and crushed his head against a steel beam, according to the report, Co-worker David Sullivan, 43, heard a banging followed by Salisbury yelling and he ran to his aid. Sullivan lowered the saw and pulled Salisbury to the floor and attempted CPR while another employee called 911.


Tietex forklift operator killed on the job

NC - A Spartanburg County forklift operator died while on the job at Tietex International Monday morning. Francis Ernest Littlejohn, 57, of 2046 Little Africa Road, Chesnee, died about 11:30 a.m. Monday, said Joseph Stewart, an investigator with the Spartanburg County Coroner's Office. Littlejohn was operating a forklift in reverse when he backed into another, unoccupied forklift and was thrown from his machine, Stewart said. An autopsy is scheduled for today, which should help determine whether the cause of death was medical or a result of the crash, he said.


Two Shot, One Dead, Inside Business

ATLANTA, GA -- A gunman walked into an Atlanta business Monday morning and shot his wife in front of stunned co-workers. The man then shot and killed himself. The husband was pronounced dead inside the business -- Staveley Services Fluids Analysis -- on Presidential Drive in DeKalb County. The woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The shooting was reported at 8:30 a.m. as employees were starting their day. Among those left shaken by the events was the woman's mother, who also works at Staveley Services. Witnesses said the husband crawled through a service window and went directly for his wife. He shot her and then turned the gun on himself.



Cave-in kills construction worker in Gresham

OR - Edward Joseph Manley of Boring was working at subdisvision site. Edward Joseph Manley, 29, of Boring, died Friday morning, Aug. 17, after a 30-foot deep hole caved in and the 1,600-pound pipe he was helping position crushed him Thursday, Aug. 16. The man was working on a subdivision construction site at 425 N.E. Williams Road just south of Division Street at 4:40 p.m. when the 30-foot-deep, 15-foot-by-15-foot hole he was in caved in, said Jim Klum, deputy chief of emergency operations for Gresham Fire & Emergency Services. The force of the soil hitting him knocked him over, hundreds of pounds of clay pinned his legs and the soil’s momentum moved the 4-foot diameter pipe, crushing him, Klum said.


Mill Worker Killed By Fall

WILLIAMSTON, S.C. -- A contractor working at the Cushman Milliken Mill in Williamston was killed Monday afternoon. According to a release from the company, 39-year-old Jerry Lee Reid was a subcontractor who worked with Top Level Management Services Company. Reid was using a scissor lift while painting a support column just before 1 p.m. Mill officials said that someone on a monorail system hit the lift, causing it to topple over. Reid fell about 15 feet and was killed. Kevin Cox, Cushman's manufacturing manager, said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this individual, as well as his co-workers at Top Level. We reach out in sympathy to each one of them and share in their devastation over this tragedy."


State investigating after man crushed at plant

BESSEMER CITY, N.C. -- Investigators with the North Carolina Department of Labor are trying to figure out what caused a deadly accident a Gaston County metal fabrications plant. Gastonia police say Cudiel Ambrocio VelazQuez, 23, was crushed by a machine just before 6 a.m. at Porter’s Fabrications, a company that makes steel parts. Investigators say he was crushed by a machine raises and lowers material and was pronounced dead at the scene. According to Charles Saleh, the company’s owner, VelazQuez didn't run that machine, and was more of a helper, so it's not clear how the accident happened. Saleh also said VelazQuez worked third shift and the accident happened as crews were changing shifts. Officers say there is no indication of foul play.


MGM-Mirage Cites Human Error in Construction Worker's Death at CityCenter

NV - Eyewitness News has learned the victim of Thursday's deadly accident at the MGM-Mirage CityCenter project was 65-year-old Harvey Englander. His widow says he was close to retiring. Meanwhile, she waits for information about how he died. MGM-Mirage representatives say it was human error. However, one Perini construction worker who knew the victim told Eyewitness News safety is not the top priority. It was back to work Friday for thousands of CityCenter project construction workers who just lost one of their own. Officials say Englander never turned off this manlift while he was greasing it, but it was the counterweight system that came down on top of him. One worker, who wishes to remain anonymous, works on the same building and was the victim's friend. "It hits home. It hits home real bad. I've gotta live with it, deal with it and go back today and do it again," he said.

But through his grief there lies anger. He says most accidents on job sites could be prevented if safety is a priority. "Every contractor in the world is supposed to send us home with ten fingers and ten toes. That's it. That's the bottom line," he continued. But this worker feels safety has taken a back seat in Las Vegas because of pressure to get these buildings up quickly. He described, "When you get out in the field it's just go, go, go, go, go, and just do and hope for the best." In February, two workers were killed on the CityCenter project after retaining walls fell on top of them.


Worker killed in fall from Driscoll Bridge

NJ - A construction worker fell to his death this morning from the Alfred E. Driscoll Bridge as he was walking along a temporary wooden platform, officials said. Thomas Oset, 45, of Manville was carrying lumber about 8:30 a.m. on the Sayreville side of the bridge when he fell through the boards of the platform and tumbled 96 feet, said Sgt. Stephen Jones of the State Police. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Oset was wearing a safety harness but was not hooked to a safety line at the time of the accident, Jones said. Workers have been resurfacing the older span of the Driscoll Bridge, which carries the Garden State Parkway over the Raritan River.


Worker killed at Harriman State Park didn’t wear seat belt: cops

Tuxedo, WI - The man who was killed in an accident while working on the Millennium Pipeline in Harriman State Park last weekend was thrown from his vehicle because he wasn’t wearing his seat belt, State Park Police said yesterday. Pat McCaffrey, 67, of Lebanon, N.J., was in the enclosed cab of a sideboom, putting segments of the new pipeline in place when the sideboom tumbled backward down a hill and threw McCaffrey, an employee of Precision Pipeline Co. in Wisconsin. “Witnesses said he was tossed from the vehicle on the first roll,” Detective Sgt. Steven Huff of the State Park Police said. “Examining the vehicle, you could tell the seat belt wasn’t worn.” Work has resumed at the site, but investigators with the police and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration have not determined what caused the sideboom to roll over. Huff said the accident might have been caused by the steep, gravelly terrain. Millennium spokesman Michael Armiak said the vehicle is designed to work on terrain of that type.


Slain SAPD officer loved job and life

TX - A day after the phone call, Officer Ray Gallegos still feels the thumping pain in his chest. Mario Moreno, Gallegos' close friend and colleague, had been shot while on duty, said the voice on the other end. "My heart started beating 100 miles per hour," Gallegos remembers. "The first thing I thought was 'I hope he's alright.'" Then came the second call. Moreno was dead. Moreno was slain outside The Villas at St. Moritz on the Northwest Side on Friday afternoon, becoming the first San Antonio police officer killed by gunfire since 2001. Those who loved him have struggled to push aside the pain as they've tried to remember Moreno as he was:


Oncor service worker dies

A 39-year-old Oncor worker in Forest Hill who may have been electrocuted as he worked died Saturday, authorities said. Police say the man, who has yet to be identified, was working in a service truck bucket in the 6000 block of Guilford Street. Emergency workers were called shortly after noon, but the worker was pronounced dead at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.


Hallettsville man killed in fiery wreck

TX - At 12:18 a.m. Saturday, a 20-year-old Hallettsville man died after his truck went off the road and struck a tree and burst into flames, a Department of Public Safety official said. Russell Grahmann, 20, an employee at Pioneer Drilling Company, was pronounced dead at 1:08 a.m. by Fred Nieto, justice of the peace for Lavaca County, said senior operator Anna Mendez of DPS in Corpus Christi. Grahmann was taken to the Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville. Two other passengers were taken to Lavaca Medical Center in Hallettsville. Both were not wearing seat belts, Mendez said. Christopher Rainosek, 23, laborer, of Hallettsville, was in serious condition with incapacitating injuries, Mendez said. Rainosek was taken by ambulance from the hospital to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, said Richard Garcia, on-call supervisor for Lavaca County Rescue Service. Jeffery Allen Tobola, 23, of Hallettsville, was in stable condition with no incapacitating injuries, Mendez said.


Officials Say Barn Floor Gives Way, Kills Farmer

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. -- A Lancaster County farm worker died Saturday morning. Fire officials said part of a barn collapsed on the farmer. It happened at the Shellenberger Farm on the 1500 block of Prospect Road near Columbia. Fire officials said the worker was driving a tractor and hauling a tobacco wagon into the barn, when the floor gave way, sending the tractor and wagon crashing into the basement. The worker was pinned beneath the tractor and died at the scene, officials said. Rescuers spent much of the day trying to get to the man's body, according to Washington Borough Fire Chief Jimmy Kapp. Officials did not release the victim’s name, but they said he was 63-years-old and from Mount Joy.


Worker Dies at Chrysler Casting Plant

KOKOMO, Ind. — A 48-year-old man was crushed to death by a machine at a Chrysler LLC casting plant in Indiana, authorities say. The Howard County coroner said John Kelly Wright of Logansport died instantly Saturday morning. Chrysler spokeswoman Michelle Tinson said the company could not comment on specifics of the death because it is being investigated. "It's very unfortunate," she said. "We express our condolences to the employee's family." Local authorities will work with the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate, Tinson said. The casting plant halted production for 24 hours during the investigation, she said. Howard County Coroner Brad Bray said it appears that Wright was between two side panels of a die cast machine when he was crushed to death. An autopsy was planned to confirm the cause of death.


Man Killed In Brooke County Industrial Accident

BETHANY, W.Va. - The owner of a Brooke County welding shop was crushed to death in an accident on Monday. Sam Mazella, 76, was killed while using a front end loader at Mazella Welding & Fabrication, the company he owned on state Route 67. Officials said Mazella was operating the loader at around 2:30 p.m. when he hit a patch of loose dirt that gave way and caused the machine to topple on top of him. He died at the scene. The sheriff's department is investigating the incident. Vincent Mazella, the victim's son, said OSHA is expected to be at the scene on Tuesday.


Young worker dies in sulfuric acid vat

CA - San Mateo County coroner's officials have identified 18-year-old Fernando Jimenez Gonzalez of Redwood City as the man who drowned in a vat of sulfuric acid at a Redwood City factory Sunday. Gonzalez's body was discovered at Coastal Circuits Factory on Tacoma Way around 1:45 a.m. by his father after Gonzalez didn't arrive home, according to a Redwood City police spokesman. Both men are employees of Coastal Circuits, which manufactures circuit boards. The incident is being investigated, but police believe Gonzalez's death was accidental. Gonzalez is believed to have fallen into the waist-high vat of sulfuric acid after being overcome by chemical fumes, police said. He did not appear to be wearing facial protection, and he was one of two employees working the early-morning shift, police said. Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials are investigating the incident, and the factory has been temporarily closed, police said. Laura Boozer, chief operating officer for Coastal Circuits Factory, told The Chronicle the company is withholding comment until the investigation and autopsy are completed.


Worker killed at plant identified

CAMDEN, NJ - A worker died after being struck by a front-end loader at the city's trash-to-steam plant in the Waterfront South area on Friday. The accident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. at the facility in the 600 block of Morgan Boulevard, said police spokeswoman Teresa Sicard Archambeault. Anthony White, 51, of the 200 block of Rand Street in Camden, was killed after the driver of the truck backed up and struck him. White was a temporary worker at the plant. The unidentified driver of the truck is a longtime employee. OSHA has been notified of the incident.


Third person dies at CityCenter site

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- A construction worker was killed Thursday at a Strip construction site when he was cut in half by a counter-weight system used to operate an elevator, authorities said. The accident occurred just after 6 p.m. at the Pelli Tower at MGM Mirage's CityCenter project, as the worker leaned into the frame of the counter-weight system to grease it, said Scott Allison, spokesman for the Clark County Fire Department. While the worker was bending over, he was struck by the counter-weight system as it came down at about 300 feet per minute, Allison said. Part of the worker's body ended up on the second floor, and the other half landed in the basement, Allison said. The worker was most likely killed instantly. "He probably had no idea what hit him," Allison said. The body was removed from the site about 9:30 p.m.


11 Family, friends say goodbye to man killed in farming accident

TN - Family and friends said farewell Thursday to a Gibson County farmer who was known for being a "good fellow." Funeral services and a burial were held Thursday afternoon for Morris W. Moore, 80, of Humboldt. Moore died Tuesday morning from injuries he sustained when a tricycle tractor fell on him, according to Jerry Privitt, chief of the Humboldt Area Rescue Squad. Privitt, whose squad worked the accident, said that Moore was last seen out with a chainsaw on one of his farms. "He was doing a little tree work," Privitt said. "I don't know what he was doing to get into the predicament he was in."


Local man dies after falling from grain silo

IL - A local man died Monday after falling 100 feet from a concrete grain silo in Patoka. Justin Edward Carroll, 19, of Salem, was pronounced dead Monday at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia by emergency room physician David Greengart, according to the Marion County Coroner's Office. The coroner's office reported Carroll was an employee of Wedekemper Inc. doing work at ADM in Patoka on a concrete grain silo. The crew had returned from lunch just before the fall occurred. Other workers reported he had not complained of any illness during lunch and appeared to be just fine when returning to work. He also was reported to have had his safety harness on, thus increasing the uncertainty of the cause of the fall. No one witnessed the fall, as his co-worker was around the other side of the silo and out of sight range. No one realized early on that the man had even fallen, as workers were in different areas away from Carroll. No evidence indicates any reason he may have fallen from the 100 foot catwalk.


Worker at laundromat killed during robbery

MI - The slaying of an employee at a Stadium Drive coin-operated laundry occurred during an apparent robbery and more than one suspect is being sought, authorities said today. Daniel McNeill, 59, an 18-year employee of Stadium Coin Laundry and Cleaners, 3313 Stadium Drive, was critically wounded when Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers found him at the business at about 3:55 a.m. Tuesday. He was pronounced dead a short time later at Bronson Methodist Hospital. His death is being treated as a homicide. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the business and investigators believe more than one person participated in the incident, a news release said.


Worker dead in mishap at Las Vegas Strip resort construction site

LAS VEGAS, CA - State safety authorities are investigating the death of a 65-year-old worker who was killed in a mishap at a Las Vegas Strip resort construction site. Harvey Englander of Las Vegas died yesterday (Thursday) when a heavy counterweight hit him while he was performing maintenance on a construction lift system at MGM Mirage's CityCenter project. A Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Enforcement official says an investigation could take several weeks. It was the third death at the CityCenter site this year -- where some 3,600 workers are engaged in round-the-clock construction of a $7.4 billion mixed-use hotel, casino, condominium and retail project on 66 acres.


Minnesota Vikings Security Staffer Found Dead Of Apparent Heart Attack

Mankato, MN (AHN) - A member of the Minnesota Vikings' security staff was found dead of an apparent heart attack at the team's training camp facility on Wednesday morning. Frank Foster, 66 who was a retired St. Paul police officer, served as a part-time security guard for the Vikings for the past 14 years, was found sitting on a chair in the RV outside the Gage Hall dormitories at Minnesota State, Mankato. Team officials looked for Foster when he did not show up for breakfast, unusual for the prompt and professional employee he was said to be.


Man Killed In Gaston County Industrial Accident

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. -- Police say a man was crushed to death early Thursday by a piece of machinery at his job. The accident happened just before 6 a.m. at the Porter’s Fabrications plant on Oates Road in Gaston County. Investigators say the man was cleaning under the machine when a piece of it fell on him, killing him. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking into the accident.


Suspect arrested in fatal shooting at Ohio trucking company

OH - A man who fled a shooting that left two people dead at a northwest Ohio trucking company had been living at the motel in Michigan where he was arrested several hours later, authorities said Thursday. Calvin Neyland Jr., 43, of Findlay, Ohio, was driving a semitrailer cab in the hotel parking lot, headed toward an exit, when police closed in Wednesday evening and arrested him without incident about three hours after the shooting, said Sgt. Geoffrey Kovenich of the Monroe County sheriff's office in Michigan. Killed were Douglas Smith, 44, of Toledo and Thomas Lazar, 58, of Pennsylvania, who both were employed by Liberty Transportation, according to the police department in Perrysburg Township, which is about seven miles southeast of Toledo.


Prisoner run over by machinery, dies

A state prisoner in a workrelease program was killed Tuesday when he jumped or fell off industrial equipment used to move cars and was crushed by the machine, a state Department of Correction spokesman said. Cecil Buckner, 28, of Tyronza was riding on the machine that an employee of U-Pull-It Auto Parts was driving at the business in southwest Little Rock on Baseline Road. Buckner jumped or fell as the driver was turning the machine, spokesman Dina Tyler said. Buckner would have been eligible for parole in December, Tyler said. His death was being categorized as an industrial accident.


Worker falls from scaffold, dies in La Villa

LA VILLA, Texas -- A 23-year-old sugar mill worker was killed in an industrial accident, Hidalgo County authorities said. Jose Hernandez was working at the mill in La Villa Monday night when he fell from a scaffold. Officials believe Hernandez struck his head on a pipe as he fell. The injured worker managed to call 911, but he later died. La Villa is 20 miles northeast of McAllen in South Texas.


Man struck, killed at his fruit stand

MILL CREEK, IN - A Mill Creek man who regularly sold fruit from a stand in front of his home died Monday night when a vehicle hit him. A Chevy Trailblazer driven by Richard Russ, 62, struck Kerry Snyder, 71, in Snyder’s front yard in the 6500 block of Ind. 4 at 10:22 p.m., according to a La Porte County Sheriff’s Department report. Snyder was dead when police arrived. He was airlifted from the scene by helicopter, according to a police report. Russ, who lives on South Taylor Road, told police he was eastbound on Ind. 4 when he noticed a vehicle in the 6500 block traveling west with its headlights on. Russ said the vehicle appeared to be traveling in the eastbound lane. Another vehicle was westbound in its proper lane at the same time, Russ told police.


Youth leader, killed in church van crash, was devoted to job, Seems driver of pickup fell asleep, police say

BOONVILLE, NC - They had just left the Charity Baptist Church parking lot early yesterday morning in a van crowded with duffel bags and blankets. The teenagers and their adult chaperones were in high spirits, having returned three weeks ago from a mission in Puerto Rico and now looking forward to a restful week at a Bible camp on the North Carolina coast. Norma Shore, known as “Momma Shore,” was sitting in the front passenger seat where she could talk and keep an eye on everyone. The teenagers loved her, and she had brought along her own mother’s fried pies as a treat. Only minutes later the trip went horribly wrong. As the Charity Baptist Church van crossed the county line on U.S. 601 at 7:50 a.m. it collided with a pickup driven by Allen Groce, 23, who had just got off work in Salisbury. The front of the van was crushed, killing Norma Shore.


Truck driver identified after bridge collapse in Minnesota

MN - Authorities in Minneapolis have identified the driver of a bakery truck who was killed Wednesday, Aug. 1, when the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed. He was Paul Eickstadt, 51, of Mounds View, MN. He was driving for Sara Lee, which owns the former Taystee bakery in Roseville, MN. The Taystee logo was visible on Eickstadt’s trailer, but the eyes of television viewers everywhere were focused on the compelling images of the truck’s cab engulfed in flames. Eickstadt had just started his shift, setting out to deliver a load of bakery items to Mason City, IA, when the bridge collapsed, authorities stated. The cause of the collapse is still under investigation. Authorities did not confirm Eickstadt’s identity until Friday, Aug. 3, two days after the bridge tragedy, when they confirmed he was the fifth person to have been killed.


Two men killed in murder-suicide

TX - McKinney Police Department investigators believe the Saturday shooting deaths of two men were the result of a murder and a suicide. City spokesman Steve Hill said police believe Christopher Ryan Byrd, 20, of McKinney, shot and killed Brad Evans, 26, of Van Alstyne, shortly before 6:30 a.m. Saturday at the Shell gas station in the 4900 block of Eldorado Parkway then turned the gun on himself. Byrd died after a Careflight helicopter flew him to a Dallas hospital. McKinney police Capt. Randy Roland said investigators had not determined a motive for the shooting as of Sunday. Becky Lagro, area supervisor for Quickway Foods of Dallas, said Evans, the store’s manager, was the only employee in the store at the time of the shooting. She said he had arrived early to do some financial paperwork. Some customers heard the shooting then made their grisly discovery inside the gas station’s convenience store. “He was coming in to do some paperwork and do some banking and all that and his relief was coming at 10 a.m.,” Lagro said. “From what I understand, what I’ve been told is they (the customers) called 911 after they heard shots being fired. The customers were pumping gas when it happened, even before they were entering the location and they immediately came back out and got on their cell phones.”


Worker killed while removing rubber from DIA runway

DENVER, CO - Police and federal safety officials are investigating the death of a worker removing aircraft tire marks at Denver International Airport this morning. The worker was hit by a large runway sweeper after he apparently bent over to pick up an object. Police say the driver of the sweeper couldn't see the man. The sweeper machine has a 20-foot broom out front that spins. It's used to both remove light snow during the winter and small debris the rest of the year. Herb Gibson, Denver area director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said he couldn't recall any other runway deaths at the airport. He said the last worker death happened in January 2005 when a United Airlines worker died after device that extinguishes potential fires in jet engines exploded. video


STC officer dies from apparent crash injuries

ST. CHARLES, CA - A St. Charles police officer died this morning nearly three weeks after a crash put him in the hospital, officials said. Officer Vaughn Olson, 41, was found unresponsive in his room at Marianjoy Physical Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, where he was sent following a hospital stay at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva, police said. Olson, who was a 15-year department veteran, and fellow officer Michael Griesbaum were involved in the July 14 crash near Route 38 and Meredith Road in Virgil Township. Griesbaum was driving a minivan, with Olson as his passenger, when it collided with a Ford Taurus at 12:24 a.m., according to police. The driver of the Taurus, Mitchell A. Westerlin of Elburn and his passenger, Melanie K. Carlson of Elburn were hospitalized following their crash, along with Griesbaum. Their conditions were unavailable this afternoon. As the investigation continues, Gengler said a third vehicle could have been involved that could have caused Griesbaum to swerve and cause the crash. No charges are expected, but Gengler said investigators planned to meet with prosecutors.


Injured Phillies stadium worker dies

PHILADELPHIA, NJ - One of the two Aramark food service workers who was injured when a cart plunged down an elevator shaft at Citizens Bank Park died Thursday, police said Police did not immediately release the name of the worker who died. Officials said the cart, driven by one of the Aramark food service workers, fell down the shaft onto an elevator on Saturday after hitting and somehow opening the elevator doors on the third level of the stadium. Aramark spokeswoman Kathleen Keenan said the company is offering counseling to the worker's family and co-workers. Officials from the state and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.


Worker dies in crane accident

GILLETTE - A 59-year-old railroad worker died when the rail-mounted crane he was operating fell off the tracks. Crook County Coroner Mike Frolander said Charles Willey, of Chappell, Neb., died of "crush injuries." Federal and BNSF Railway officials were investigating why the crane tipped over Thursday as it worked near the Campbell-Crook county line, about 20 miles east of Gillette, officials from several agencies said. Campbell County Undersheriff Scott Matheny said deputies who responded to the scene believe Willey was swinging the 60-foot boom at an angle that caused the crane to lose its balance and fall over.


Man who died after being trapped in trench identified

DENVER, CO – The coroner's office has released the name of a plumbing contractor who died after being buried under 12 feet of dirt Saturday afternoon. According to the fire department, 26-year-old Erick Hernandez of Aurora and a co-worker were trying to find a sewer line at a construction site at 770 Grant. Hernandez dropped his shovel and went to retrieve it. The trench collapsed around 2 p.m. Rescuers estimate he was buried under 12 feet of dirt. "When we arrived on scene, 20 construction workers were fighting against time, time certainly is of the essence," said Lt. Phil Champagne, Denver Fire Department spokesperson. "They did, in fact, use a backhoe, the construction workers, which we never try to do in a scene like this. You can certainly create more harm."

One worker told 9NEWS Hernandez was breathing when firefighters finally got to him.


Man who delayed robber dies in bulldozer accident, Was clearing land in Adger, working alone

AL - A man who thwarted an armed robber's escape in May from a Bessemer bank robbery where two employees were killed, died Saturday morning in an accident in western Jefferson County. Jefferson County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Randy Christian said Christopher Lynn Chappell, 41, was accidentally killed at 8:15 a.m. by the bulldozer he was operating on Cargile Drive in the Adger community. He said Chappell was clearing land and had been working since 6 a.m. It is believed he became entangled in the track of the bulldozer and was run over while working alone.


Oakland bakery worker, 19, held in death of editor

OAKLAND, Calif. - A 19-year-old handyman at Your Black Muslim Bakery admitted to police on Friday night that he ambushed and killed Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey, investigators said. Police officials said Devaughndre Broussard told them he killed Bailey because he was angry over stories the journalist had written about the bakery, its employees and leaders in the past. Investigators said Broussard also was concerned about stories that he thought Bailey might be working on. Bailey apparently had been working on a story about the group and its finances, authorities said. Broussard made the admission to Sgts. Derwin Longmire and Lou Cruz. Broussard had been arrested at his home Friday morning, where police recovered the shotgun that they believe was used to kill Bailey the day before.


2 Shot In Botched Prince George's County Store Robbery, 1 Killed In Double Shooting

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. -- Police have identified the man who was killed in a double shooting in Prince George's County Saturday night. The shooting happened at Murray's Steak House on the 6100 block of Livingston Road in Oxon Hill. Police said a man tried to rob the store and then shot two people, killing one of them. Police said Andrew Jacobi Davis, 22, of the 1200 block of Devonshire Drive, died after being shot. A second employee suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Police said the shooter is between 15 and 19 years old.


Indianapolis man dies in fall at construction site

Carmel, IN - A 25-year-old Indianapolis man died Saturday after he fell from a building under construction at 336 West Main Street in Carmel. Police and fire units were called to the scene just before noon and found a man on the ground unconscious. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police found that the victim apparently fell about 40 feet to the ground from some construction scaffolding at a building under construction. Carmel police investigators, along with the Hamilton County Coroner's office are continuing the investigation. Authorities also notified that Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The name of the victim is being with held pending notification to family.


CHP officer dies in car chase, Officer struck attempting to deploy spike strip

PLACERVILLE, CA - A California Highway Patrol officer who was setting a spike strip to stop a driver involved in a chase was killed Tuesday after the driver swerved and struck him on the highway. Douglas Scott Russell, 46, was hit on Highway 50 about 45 miles east of Sacramento and airlifted to the University of California, Davis Medical Center. The 22-year CHP veteran was pronounced dead at the hospital. "Our officer was attempting to deploy the strip, and the suspect aimed his car at the officer and murdered him," CHP assistant commissioner Kevin Green said. The chase began in the parking lot of an auto parts store in the Sacramento suburb of Rancho Cordova. Police were called to the shop to check on a man sleeping in his car, said Tim Curran, a spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. The suspect, identified as David Zanon of Sacramento, tried to hit a Rancho Cordova officer head-on during the pursuit, as well as another CHP officer deploying a spike strip, Curran said. Russell was the third officer Zanon tried to strike.


Worker's death stuns family, Investigation into electrocution expected to be completed soon.

MISHAWAKA, IN — Tom Deal loved working in his yard and Notre Dame football. He loved NASCAR and wolves, but his biggest love was his family, his wife Marcia Deal said Deal, a Mishawaka Utilities worker, died Tuesday morning after falling into a transformer box at an unfinished home in the Reverewood subdivision. An autopsy Tuesday afternoon showed Deal died accidentally by electrocution."I just don't know what I'm going to do without him," Marcia Deal told The Tribune Wednesday. Tom Deal leaves behind a 23-year-old daughter, an 11-year-old son and a 30-year-old stepson. "He was a very meticulous family man who loved his children," Marcia Deal said. "Tom has been actively involved in our son Chase's life," she said. "Our son has been wrestling since first grade. He (Tom) was down at the high school three times a week practicing with him."



Railroad worker dies in a crane accident

WY - A 59-year-old railroad worker was killed instantly when the crane he was operating fell off the tracks Thursday morning east of Gillette. Federal investigators and BNSF Railway officials on Friday continued their investigation into the death of Charles Willey, a Chappell, Neb., man who fellow workers told law enforcement officials had been living with his wife in a mobile home in Newcastle. It was still unclear this morning what caused the crane to tip over as it worked on and around a bridge, officials from several agencies said.


VING RHAMES' DOGS SUSPECTED IN MAULING DEATH: Employee of actor found dead in front yard.

CA - Tragic news for actor Ving Rhames. A caretaker Though Adams, 40, was fatally mauled by at least two dogs at the Brentwood home of the actor. The man was not immediately identified, but according to LAPD, the man is in his early 40s and had worked for Rhames for two years. Police said they believed that the dogs belonged to the actor. The victim's body was found lying in the front yard of Rhames' home on the 12900 block of San Vicente Boulevard, covered in bite wounds. The actor is out of the country filming a movie, according to police. Animal control officers took four dogs into custody, including two bull mastiffs believed to be responsible for the attacks, police said. LAPD investigators said they would not rule out other possible causes of death, including a heart attack or other medical condition. An autopsy is pending.


Seabrook officer dies in car crash

SEABROOK, MA - Sgt. Dana Bedell, 43, an 18-year veteran of the Seabrook Police Department, died Sunday of injuries suffered in a single-car accident on Route 1 in Hampton Falls. At the Seabrook police station yesterday morning, the flag flew at half-staff and black bunting surrounded its entrance as the men and women who worked side-by-side with Bedell for almost two decades mourned his loss. "Dana was promoted to sergeant in 2005," said Seabrook police Chief David Currier. "When you promote someone, you never really know exactly how he's going to perform as a supervisor. I was very pleased to see that he was a strict supervisor. Dana was strict and he supported his officers. I was looking forward to him returning to duty in about a month."



Truck crash causes structure fire; driver killed

RICHFIELD, OH — A Newcomerstown man was found dead after the truck cab he was driving crashed into a building early in the morning of July 31. The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office (SCMEO) has tentatively identified the driver as 48-year-old Randy St. John. Official information is pending positive identification. An autopsy was scheduled for Aug. 1. According to Richfield Police Department Lt. Joe Davis, the man was driving southbound on Brecksville Road when the truck cab swerved across the northbound lane, through the property of a Richfield service department annex, through a fence and into the southwest corner of Superior Erection Co., 3901 Brecksville Road, which caught fire.


Pa. man killed by falling beam in Dryden barn project mishap

DRYDEN, NY — New York State Police and U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators are probing the death of a worker which occurred during a barn-salvaging operation in the town of Dryden Wednesday morning. Gerald A. Hadden, 29, of Susquehanna, Pa., was working at the site at 1890 Dryden Road when a beam, being supported by a crane, dislodged from the barn and struck him in the head, according to police. Members of the state police, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Dryden Fire Department and Dryden ambulance responded to the scene. Hadden was transported to Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, where he was pronounced dead at 11:37 a.m.


Man who died in Rodeo Wash had large family

AZ - One of the tragedies of Adalberto Padilla's (60)death in the flooded Rodeo Wash was that he won't see his beloved grandson, Ben, start kindergarten next week, family members say. The 5-year-old "was his life," said Francisca "Panchita" Padilla, 59. She and Mr. Padilla raised eight children in Tucson and enjoyed their family - 24 grandchildren, one great grandchild - and many friends, she said. "He was alive. He was with us. He did not want to die," she said. "He could have had more years." Ben - Benjamin Moreno Jr. - is the son of one of Mr. Padilla's seven surviving children, Benjamin Moreno, 21. Moreno said he and his wife, April, haven't had the heart to tell their son his grandpa is dead. "They were so close. (My father) gave him all his love. He loved him more than life," Moreno said.


Worker Killed In Ballpark Elevator Accident Identified

Philadelphia, PA - One of the men involved in a freak elevator mishap Saturday at Citzens Bank Park had his life support disconnected on Tuesday and he died soon afterward. The victim was identified as Christopher Green, 27, from the 2700 block of South Sheridan Street in Philadelphia. Green and another worker drove a golf cart into a service elevator shaft, but the elevator wasn't there. The vehicle plunged down the shaft, hitting the top of the elevator car. A second employee -- a brother of the one who landed atop the elevator -- was inside.


Hospital employee dies after being hit by car

AL - A Huntsville Hospital employee died Wednesday after she was hit by a vehicle. The accident happened Wednesday in front of the emergency room at Madison Street and Rands Avenue. Police say the driver of a minivan looked away to stop her child from climbing out of his child restraint seat, when she hit 54-year-old Janet Underwood. Underwood was in the crosswalk at the time. Huntsville police say she died from her injuries.


BGE Contractor Electrocuted While Repairing Lines

BALTIMORE, MD An utility worker was electrocuted in Southeast Baltimore Wednesday afternoon. Peggy Lee reports on the accident in the 6400 block of Holabird Avenue. Officials say a contract employee for BGE was working near high voltage lines when he accidentally came in contact with one. A spokesman for the subcontractor, Pike Electric of Mount Airy, N.C. identified the man as 33-year-old Michael Toney, of Forest City, N.C., an electrician for about 15 years. Roy Fullen, a general foreman for the company says Toney was in a work bucket above a truck when his back touched wires carrying 4,000-8,000 volts. The bucket was quickly lowered to the ground by fellow workers and medics arrived moments later and pronounced Toney dead. Chief Kevin Cartwright says Toney's body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy. video


Wall tumbles at construction site, killing two

BROWNSVILLE — Two construction workers with Texas Steel Erectors Inc. died Tuesday afternoon and a third one remains in stable condition at a local hospital after a wall panel collapsed at the construction site of the future T-Mobile Customer Service Center in Northeast Brownsville. Brownsville police spokesman Sgt. Jimmy Manrrique said a 9-1-1 call came into dispatch at 3:20 p.m. about the incident at the future call center site at 635 Paredes Line Road. Killed in the accident were a 52-year-old man from Austin and 49-year-old man from Toluca, Mexico, Manrrique said. Justice of the Peace Tony Torres pronounced the men dead at the scene. A third man, a 22-year-old from Austin, was rushed via ambulance to Valley Regional Medical Center, where he was listed in critical but stable condition Tuesday night, Manrrique said.


Owner confesses to killing two employees who asked for a raise

ATLANTA, GA - Two underpaid employees at an East Point car dealership had been hounding their boss for a raise. Instead, the boss gave them each a bullet to the head, police said. Fed up with the two workers' frequent salary demands, owner Rolandas Milinavicius — who was in dire financial straits — apparently snapped Thursday morning and allegedly shot both of them to death inside the business. "He told us that he was under a lot of stress," said East Point police Capt. Russell Popham. "Unfortunately, he decided to take his anger out with violence." Milinavicius, 38, of Alpharetta started RM Auto International on Willingham Drive two years ago amid great hopes that he could feed the demands for American cars in his native Lithuania. He began shipping cars through ports in Charleston, S.C., and elsewhere, and at some point hired the two victims – fellow immigrants from his north European country – as his only employees. Little is known about the first victim, Inga Contreras, 25. She lived in Atlanta but did not have any other family members in the state. The second, Martynas Simokaitis, 28, moonlighted at night as a staff photographer for Lunar, a magazine about metro Atlanta's electronic dance music culture. He had been in Atlanta only a few years, and was working toward a career in his chosen field: music.


Death of diver confirmed by coroner

BILOXI, WA - Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove confirmed Friday that a commercial diver died after a dredging accident at a casino that was reported earlier this week. The coroner said Robert J. Harris, 22, of Biloxi, died Thursday night at a local hospital. Harris had been on life support since the accident at the IP Casino Resort Spa on Tuesday. An autopsy performed Friday afternoon concluded drowning was the cause of death, Hargrove said. Harris was working on a project for J.E. Borries Marine when he radioed a co-worker and said he was having problems with his mask, and he allegedly took his equipment off. When he was pulled from the water, Harris was unresponsive and not breathing, investigators told the Sun Herald earlier this week. A Borries company official, after learning about the accident, told the Sun Herald that she was "shaken."


Two state transportation workers killed

PURCELL, Okla. - Two state Department of Transportation workers were killed after they were struck by a tire while working along interstate 35 in McClain County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 29-year-old Jose Milan of Detroit, Mich., and a Mexican national, 18-year-old Avila Bustomonte (ah-VEE'-lah bust-oh-MONT'-a) were killed in yesterday's accident near Purcell. Troopers say the transportation workers were repairing a center cable barrier along the interstate when the left rear tire and wheel of a 16-foot box trailer being towed by a pickup truck detached as it was pulled along the busy interstate highway. The tire struck the two men. The patrol says Bustomonte was pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries. Milan was transported to Norman regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


Mine worker killed in accident was from Morristown

TN - The contract worker killed in an east Knox County mine accident was from Morristown. Twenty-eight-year-old Daniel E. Frederick fell to his death in the Immel mine near Mascot shortly after midnight Sunday morning. Frederick was working for Cowin & Company Mining Engineers and Contractors, replacing structural steel inside the main shaft of the Immel mine. The work was part of the process of reactivating the mine, which has been closed for five years. An order by the Mine Safety and Health Administration to suspend work in the mine remained in place Tuesday as MSHA, Cowin, and mine-owner East Tennessee Zinc Company continues.


Airport Employee Dies In RDU Accident

MORRISVILLE, NC - An investigation is underway into how an American Eagle Airlines employee was killed in an accident at Raleigh Durham International Airport. Lufuluabo Kalonji, A fleet service clerk, died after a baggage tug he was driving collided with an unused airplane Tuesday night at Gate C23. The accident happened just before 9 p.m. at terminal C. The airplane was not in service at the time. An RDU spokesperson says no flights were affected


Davdison County farmer killed in tractor rollover

WELCOME, NC - A 66-year-old man has died after his tractor slid down an embankment and rolled on top of him. Authorities say Larry Thomas Allen of Davidson County died accidentally. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says Allen was mowing an area near a ditch. It happened yesterday. Allen was pronounced dead at Lexington Memorial Hospital. He was a retired employee of the state Division of Forest Resources.


Two dead, one injured in accident, One-vehicle wreck occurred on Oklahoma 2 south of Warner

OK - Two people were killed and one critically injured about 7 p.m. Monday night in a one-vehicle accident about 3 1/2 miles south of Warner on Oklahoma 2. Orlando D. Noel, 15, of Porum was pronounced dead on arrival at Muskogee Regional Medical Center with head and trunk internal injuries, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Amber N. Mann, 33, of Porum also was pronounced dead upon arrival at MRMC with head and trunk internal injuries. Teresa E. Milligan, 51, of Muskogee was transported to MRMC and later taken by helicopter to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, were she was listed in critical condition Monday night with trunk and internal injuries, the OHP said.


ID's on 2 workers who fell to their deaths in Round Rock

ROUND ROCK, Texas - ID's have been released on two workers who died following a scaffold collapse at a hospital construction site in Round Rock. The accident happened Saturday morning when the two men fell about 50 feet after the scaffold came down outside Seton Medical Center Williamson. Authorities say the victims were 37-year-old Eloy Luna and 38-year Mario Mojica. Both were believed to be from Mexico but had been living in Austin. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.


Newark man killed in Columbus accident

NEWARK, OH — A Newark newlywed known for his big heart and strong work ethic was killed Monday after being pinned between the bucket and the cab of a Bobcat steel loader he was working to repair. Adam Holman, 23, of Newark, was working alone Monday in a maintenance garage at Franklin Tractor Sales in Columbus and might have been trapped for as long as an hour before co-workers discovered him at about 1:30 p.m., Columbus police said. He was taken to Mount Carmel West hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Adam’s father, Bethel Apostolic Church Pastor Jeff Holman, said his son went to Licking Valley schools and the Joint Vocational school before graduating from Northwestern Diesel Auto Mechanic School.


Doylestown man killed by tractor-trailer

PA - Everyone liked David L. Keiser. A kind man who never spoke badly of anyone, he combined the values of his native Midwest with a broad smile and a happy sense of humor, those close to him remembered. “He was the kind of person where if you didn't like him, something was wrong with you,” said his wife of 27 years, Jeanne Scalamoni-Keiser. Keiser, 61, of Christopher Lane in Doylestown Township, was killed Friday in a car accident in New Jersey. Police said a tractor-trailer loaded with batteries struck Keiser's 2007 Dodge Charger about 9:30 a.m. at an intersection in Clinton Township in Hunterdon County.


Man Crushed By Piece Of Equipment

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A worker repairing piece of construction equipment was crushed to death Monday afternoon inside a garage on the city's south side. According to Columbus police, the man was working alone inside the garage at Franklin Tractor Sales when he was killed, 10TV News reported. Investigators said the man was working on a front loader when its front arms unlocked and came down on top of him. His name was not immediately released, but police said he was in his 20s. Information about the worker's death will be forwarded to the Ohio Safety and Health Administration for review. Stay with 10TV News and refresh 10TV.com for additional information.


Construction worker dies on Williamson Co. job site

Austin, TX - A construction worker was killed on a Williamson County job site Tuesday the second incident in less than a week. According to Meritage Homes, a worker for Ace Landscapes died in an accident at a Legacy Homes job site in the Teravista development near Round Rock. Legacy Homes is part of Meritage Homes. John Foster, with the Williamson County Sheriff's office, said the worker was apparently drilling a hole when he hit an electrical current. Foster said it will take an autopsy to determine if the worker, Alberto Vargas, 29, died from the current or from complications relating to the current.


Vernon County man dies after falling off tank

BENSON, Minn. — A Nevada, Mo. man died after falling from a tank under construction at an ethanol plant in western Minnesota. It happened Sunday at the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company plant in Benson. Swift County Sheriff Scott Mattison said James Pippen, 26, was an employee of USA Tank Sales of Seneca, Mo. The sheriff’s office got a call around 2:15 p.m. that a construction worker had fallen about 60 feet inside a tank under construction at the plant. Rescuers took Pippen to the Swift County Hospital in Benson, where he died. The accident is under investigation by the state OSHA division, the Swift County coroner and the sheriff’s office.


Town worker who died in accident is mourned

NY - Hundreds of people poured into Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church in Deer Park Monday morning to mourn the loss of a popular 20-year-old, who died last week from injuries sustained in a accident while working at Overlook Beach. At one point during the nearly two-hour ceremony, Ryan Horodnicki's father Tim kept both arms around his wife Helene and daughter Heather as he eulogized his son as a confident young man who "understood how to get the most out of every day" and inspired others to be comfortable in their abilities. "He crammed a lifetime of living into 20 years," Tim Horodnicki said, which drew a standing ovation from the near-capacity audience.


Worker dead after fall at CVEC ethanol plant

BENSON, MO — A 26-year-old Missouri man died Sunday from injuries he suffered in a 60-foot fall at the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company plant. According to the Swift County Sheriff’s Office, James Pippen of Nevada, Mo., was an employee of USA Tank Sales of Seneca, Mo. The Sheriff’s Office received the call around 2:13 p.m


Deadly restaurant robbery in NN

NM - A deadly restaurant robbery over the weekend has police looking for a killer. It was early Saturday morning, just moments after the Hardees on Denbigh Boulevard opened for business something went wrong. Early Saturday morning, police say two masked men walked into the Hardees and demanded cash. One of the suspects shot and killed 47-year-old Diane Green. That same bullet also hit another employee in the arm.


Riviera worker crushed while changing truck tire

RIVIERA BEACH, FL - A worker at a Michelin tire shop off Bee Line Highway and Garden Road was killed when an 18-wheel truck he was working on crushed him Tuesday morning, police said. The accident occurred about 7:40 a.m. in the Interstate Industrial Park, police Cmdr. Leonard Mitchell said. The worker, whose name was not released, was changing a tire on the truck when the jack fell and the vehicle crushed him, said Darlene Fossum, a spokeswoman with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Rookie Seattle police officer killed in crash

WA - A Seattle police officer just weeks away from starting his career as a new patrolman was killed Tuesday morning while driving to work. Officer Michael E. Kelley, a 26-year-old Army veteran, was on his way to the department's South Seattle training complex when his Honda Civic struck a shoulder barrier on northbound Interstate 5 near Boeing Field. Kelley's car spun before being struck on the driver's-side door by a Ford pickup, according to the State Patrol.


Postal Worker Killed in Accident

NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA - September 11, 2007 - Flowers mark the spots on a tree where a public servant lost his life.He was on the clock doing his job, taking mail downtown when it happened. Stunned postal workers visited the scene where their colleague, Matt Zebin, lost control of his truck and crashed into a tree. The accident happened in the 68-hundred block of Oxford Avenue, near Unruh, around 3:00 Tuesday afternoon. While the cause remains unclear, it is believed Zebin may have suffered a heart attack. He worked out of the Fox Chase Post Office where his co-workers said he was very dependable. Zebin delivered mail for 18 years. The mail in his truck was gathered after accident and delivered as scheduled.


Female worker shot to death at Rockline plant in Sheboygan

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — April Heinecke huddled with a dozen others in the drizzle outside the manufacturing plant where her sister was shot and killed Monday by a former co-worker. Her sister, Christina Wollenzien, 28, was outspoken and fun-loving, and she had no relationship beyond work with the man who shot her before killing himself, Heinecke said. She couldn’t imagine what the shooter, Shadow Yang, 40, could have had against her sister. “That’s why everybody is baffled,” she said. Police and officials at Rockline Industries, where Yang once worked with Wollenzien, also said they knew of no relationship between the two beyond work. But an expert on workplace violence said it would have been “extremely, extremely rare” for Yang to have chosen Wollenzien at random.


Two Chewelah women arrested in deadly Kansas hit and run crash

SPOKANE, WA -- Two Chewelah women have been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Douglas County, Kansas that killed two Kansas highway workers. The women, identified as 26-year-old Sabrina Morgan and 48-year-old Ramona Morgan, both of Chewelah, were arrested after leading police on a 10-mile chase. The chase ended when police laid down stop sticks which punctured the tires of their pickup truck. The construction workers, according to Wichita, Kansas ABC affiliate KAKE, were in a work zone along Highway 59 in eastern Kansas when they were hit around 10 a.m. local time Tuesday. Ramona Morgan has been identified by authorities as the driver of the pickup truck that struck and killed Kansas Department of Transportation worker Tyrone Kote, 30, of Seneca, Kansas and contract employee Rolland Griffith, 24, from El Dorado, Kansas. Sabrina and Ramona Morgan are both being held at the Osage County Jail. Charges are pending.


Road Worker Run Over, Killed on I-70

CO - A Colorado Department of Transportation subcontractor was run over and killed on westbound Interstate 70 just west of Denver Tuesday as he was picking up orange cones in a construction zone, authorities said. The victim, whose name has not been released, was riding on the back of a construction truck near the Morrison Road exit when he fell off and was run over by the truck around 4:00 p.m., according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. The man worked for American Barricade Rental and was performing work authorized by C-DOT. Two lanes of westbound I-70 were closed as authorities investigated the accident.


Michigan truck driver killed after apparently falling asleep at wheel

STAUNTON TWP., OH — A Michigan man was killed early Monday when a tanker truck veered off southbound Interstate 75, went across the northbound lanes, drove off the road again and hit trees after the driver apparently fell asleep, Miami County sheriff's deputies said. James Swindell, 35, of Livonia died at the scene of the 12:40 a.m. crash, shortly after being cut from the wreckage. Sheriff's Deputy Bryce Adams said several witnesses saw the truck go out of control while traveling on I-75 south. The truck crossed the median then crossed the northbound lanes before leaving the road and going into trees. The crash report listed driver fatigue/falling asleep as contributing factors.


DAYTON, Ohio — A biplane performing stunts for an airshow crashed into a runway Saturday in front of thousands of spectators, killing the pilot, officials said. Jim LeRoy, 46, was in one of two planes making loop-to-loops with smoke trailing as part of the annual airshow at Dayton International Airport. LeRoy was a frequent performer in the annual Visiting Nurse Association Air Show conducted at Witham Field in Stuart. In a 2005 article for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, LeRoy told columnist Geoff Oldfather: “It’s not my job to impress the other pilots. It’s not my job to do anything other than entertain that guy or gal, and if they leave that airshow thinking ‘Holy cow, I didn’t know an airplane could do that, that was unbelievable,’ then I’ve done my job.”


Man shot to death at downtown barbershop

TUSCALOOSA, AL - A man was shot and killed during a fight that occurred at a downtown barbershop at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday. Otis Brown, owner of Brown’s Barbershop in the 2200 block of Seventh Street, said the two men involved in the fight were both barbers who worked there. Capt. Loyd Baker, commander of the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit, declined to identify the men until their families were notified. He said a 32-year-old man was killed and a 26-year-old man was injured. The 32-year-old died at the DCH Regional Medical Center, and the 26-year-old man was treated there for a head injury that was not life-threatening, Baker said. “It appears there had been some altercation during an argument," Baker said. “During the altercation, there were guns drawn, and shots were fired, and this 32-year-old was struck during the altercation." The customers and employees who were at the barbershop when the shooting occurred weren’t injured, Baker said.


Worker dies after fall at E. Knox zinc mine

TN - Federal officials are investigating the death of a worker early Sunday morning at a zinc mine in East Knox County, according to a spokesman for the East Tennessee Zinc Company. The zinc company reported that an employee of Cowin & Company Inc., mining engineers and contractors, fell while working on a project to reactivate the Immel mine, which is located in Mascot. The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of family. East Tennessee Zinc Company spokesman George Korda said the employee fell “approximately several minutes after midnight Sunday morning” and that he was working as part of a three-man team replacing structural steel in a main shaft.


Man Dies In Car Crash In Kittery

KITTERY, NH - 22-year-old Justin Harding of Dover, NH was killed early Saturday morning when he lost control of the car he was driving and crashed in Kittery. Police say Harding was driving a 2007 Mercedes Benz he had taken from Dreher-Holloway Mercedes Benz in Greenland, NH. They say he was an employee there, but not authorized to drive the vehicle. A New Hampshire State Liquor Enforcement Officer saw Harding in the car speeding through downtown Portsmouth, NH. The officer tried to stop the car, but it sped across the Memorial bridge into Kittery. The officer reportedly turned off his siren and emergency lights, but continued to follow the car.


2 News Helicopters Collide; 4 Dead, Debris Scattered Across Several Acres, Police Say

PHOENIX, AZ -- Two television station helicopters tracking a high-speed police pursuit in central Phoenix collided in midair and crashed Friday, killing everyone on both aircraft. # UNEDITED VIDEO: Moment Of Crash The helicopters collided over Steele Indian School Park while filming the pursuit for Channels 3 and 15. Three other news helicopters were also over the scene. "Wait, wait, wait, wait," Capt. Connie Sullivan reported from KPHO's News Hawk 5 around 12:40 p.m. "We've got a problem here. I've got a helicopter down."KNXV-TV identified the people aboard its chopper as reporter-pilot Craig Smith and photographer Rick Krolak. KTVK said pilot-reporter Scott Bowerbank was aboard its helicopter, along with photographer Jim Cox. # Images: Victims Of Helicopter Crash Sgt. Joel Tranter of the Phoenix Police Department told CBS 5 News no one on the ground was injured or killed. Television viewers did not see the crash since cameras aboard both aircraft were pointed at the ground. Video from the scene showed flames and two columns of thick black smoke rise from where both helicopters crashed. Firefighters and rescue personnel rushed to the scene.


Worker Struck And Killed On Parkway

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - A road worker was killed after being stuck by sport utility vehicle while working along a western Kentucky parkway, officials said. Julio Cesar Hernandez, 22, of Hopkinsville was working with a mowing crew in the grassy median between the northbound and southbound lanes of the William H. Natcher Parkway in Daviess County when he was struck Tuesday morning, Deputy Coroner Darrell Day said. Hernandez died at the scene, Day said. Daviess County Sheriff's Department reports said Hernandez was hit by a red Chevrolet Blazer driven by Jessica Reyes, 19, of Troy, Mo. The reports said Reyes was driving north in the left-hand lane when she drifted into the median and struck Hernandez. Reyes was taken to Owensboro Medical Health System with minor injuries. Capt. Jeff Jones, chief deputy for the sheriff's department, said investigators were still trying to determine the cause of the accident. Keith Todd, public information officer for the state highway department's Madisonville office, said about 20 people have been killed in Kentucky during the past two years in accidents at road work sites.


Search crews find body of second missing sewer worker

St. Paul, Minnesota - The body of Joe Harlow, 34, of Plainview, was found about 4:15 p.m. near a spillway where a storm sewer line drains into the river, Ramsey County Sheriff's Cmdr. Joe Paget said. On Friday evening, crews found the body of Dave Yasis, 23, of Maplewood, in the river near the same spot. Harlow was married with four children. Paget said he hoped the discovery "helps this family put closure to a tragic incident." State workplace safety investigators are checking the training and evacuation procedures of the men's employer, the Lametti & Sons construction firm. Eight people were working as contractors on the city's $4 million sewer restoration project Thursday. They were about 150 feet below ground when they were told to evacuate as a line of thunderstorms approached.


Employee at contracting firm dies in accident

SCITUATE, RI - A worker from a Fall River-based contracting firm dies in a Rhode Island industrial accident. It happened this morning at a treatment plant in Scituate as the employee returned to the work site to dismantle equipment that was used to complete a project for the Providence Water Supply Board. Officials say he was killed when a crane-like device called a gantry collapsed on him. The man's name has not been released, but he worked for Eastern Piping and Engineering of Fall River. Representatives from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are on scene investigating.


LCPD officer dies in motorcycle crash

LAS CRUCES, NM. - David Andrew Cordova, a 24 year old off duty Las Cruces Police officer, died after crashing his personal motorcycle into a four door car at the intersection of Lohman and Indian Hollow Road in Las Cruces. It happened at about 9:30 Thursday night. Officials say Cordova was traveling in a 2005 Yamaha east on Lohman Ave. when it struck a 2003 maroon Mercury that was exiting Indian Hollow toward westbound Lohman. Officials say Cordova attempted to break, but struck the side rear portion of the car. He died on the scene. He was not wearing a helmet. Joseph T. Muldrow, 64 year old driver of the car, was not injured. Las Cruces Police continue their investigation. No charges have been filed.


Man killed in accident at Nestle frozen foods plant

GAFFNEY, SC (AP) - A maintenance mechanic working on a crane in the freezer tower of the Nestle food plant in Gaffney has died in an accident at the plant. Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler says James Redmon died Friday from head injuries when his body became trapped. A spokeswoman for the Nestle Prepared Foods Company says Redmon was repairing a piece of equipment when the accident occurred. Roz O'Hearn says the accident was an isolated incident. On July 16th, an ammonia leak at the plant led to the hospitalization of another employee. O'Hearn says the two accidents were unrelated. Fowler says his office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the death.


Worker killed in industrial accident at R.I. treatment plant

SCITUATE, R.I. - An employee at a contracting firm died Wednesday morning when a piece of heavy equipment collapsed on him at a water treatment plant. The worker was dismantling equipment that had been used to finish a project for the Providence Water Supply Board when the accident occurred. The utility said a gantry, a device used to help raise or lower objects, collapsed on him.

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