Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Farmer Killed in Tractor Accident

June 20, PORTSMOUTH TWP, MI - 52 year old Randy Vandriessche was killed when his tractor rolled over onto him in Bay County. State Police said a tractor that Vandriessche was operating rolled into a drainage ditch, pinning him underneath. He died at the scene.

Oregon Man Dies in Mine Collapse

June 20, ONTARIO, OR - 42 year old Jose Aguiar, Jr. of Ontario died Saturday morning when the walls of a mining cave collapsed on him as he was digging inside. Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Tracy Howard said that at about 8:30 a.m., Aguiar was digging inside a small mining cave with three other people near an Old Lime Plant along the Burnt River in Baker County. Investigators determined that as Aguiar was digging about 20 feet inside from the entrance, the rock and dirt wall caved in on top of him. Two other men, whose names were not available, spent five minutes digging him out before they could remove him from inside the cave.

Train Conductor Shot, Killed In Robbery

June 20, NEW ORLEANS, LA - a 52 year old CSX Train Conductor was shot and killed in a robbery early Sunday, police said. New Orleans Police Department officials said the train was traveling west when it came to stop due to traffic delays. That's when police said the gunman got on board, shot at the conductor and ran. The shooting occurred in the city's Lakeview neighborhood, just west of City Park. The 52-year-old conductor was shot several times and died at the scene. His name wasn't released. UPDATE: Conductor killed has been identified as 52 year old Fred Gibbs of Biloxi.

Fisherman Dies After Being Thrown From Boat

June 20, ORLAND, IL - a 41 year old fisherman died after another boat rear-ended his boat Sunday shortly after midnight, throwing him into the Cal-Sag Channel in the south suburbs, authorities said. The accident occurred when the second boat swerved to avoid a log and hit the fishing boat, which was not moving, Coast Guard Petty Officer Nathaniel Parks said. The man thrown into the water could not swim and was not wearing a life jacket, Parks said. State officials said at least one boat was conducting maintenance tests at the time of the collision. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources identified the victim as a 41-year-old man from Orland Park but would not release his name, pending identification of family members.

Truck Driver Dies in Hopkins Co. Accident

June 20, HOPKINS CO.,KY - 54 year old Byron E. Nuss Jr. of Warren, IN died in an accident today. Kentucky State Police said another driver pulled off the road to read a map. Authorities said Nuss' tractor trailer swerved behind and hit the pickup causing both vehicles to fall down an embankment. Police said Nuss's tractor trailer overturned, and it took a rescue crew about an hour to remove him from the vehicle.

Former Football Star Dies in Mine Accident

June 19, SILVERTON, ID - 29 year old Timothy A. Bush of Pinehurst died Friday of internal injuries from a rock fall in a morning accident at Galena Mine near Silverton, Idaho. Bush was a contract employee at the underground silver mine. He was working with his cousin when he was hit by a falling slab of rock about 8 a.m., family members said. Bush had to be carried up a ladder before he could be taken to Shoshone Medical Center, where he died. His dad, Ken Bush, who works as a trainer at the Galena Mine, was by his side.

Migrant Worker Dies

June 18, VALDOSA, GA - an un-named migrant worker was found Thursday night near the edge of a field off Etheridge Road in Brooks County. Sheriff Mike Dewey said the man was picking squash earlier in the day. The man has not been identified. Authorities say the cause of death could be heat-related.

Tractor Overturns, Killing Farmer

June 18, ELK TWP, NJ - 65 year old Charles Koller died Friday when the tractor he was riding on overturned, trapping him underneath, police said. Police were dispatched to Koller’s farm in the 900 block of Elk Road shortly before 2 p.m. Koller was operating the tractor when it overturned.

IL State Trooper Hit, Killed by Drunk Driver

June 18, BROCKTON, IL - 52 year old Douglas Weddleton, a veteran state trooper was killed while on a highway traffic detail in Mansfield early yesterday morning in a bizarre accident in which one alleged drunk driver plowed into another, trapping the trooper under a car as his body was dragged across the highway.

Tractor Trailer Driver Killed In Wreck

June 18, LEXINGTON, KY - 37 year old Brian Keith Meyers of Salem ,IN died Friday morning in a crash with another tractor-trailer on Interstate 64 in Scott County, said Coroner John Goble. Meyers was wearing a seat belt when he crashed into a tractor-trailer parked in the emergency lane about 6 a.m. near Exit 69. Meyers died of blunt force trauma, Goble said. Meyers worked for Ace Doran in Indiana and was hauling dry concrete.

Man Dies in Armored Van Wreck
June 18, EDNA, TX - 24 year old Ray Wausen of Yoakum, died Friday morning when a Triple D Security Armored Service van wrecked on U.S. Highway 59 near Edna. The van was northbound about a half mile south of Edna when the right rear tire blew out, Bryant said. The van crossed the median, flipped several times and ended up in the southbound lane.

Taxi Driver Killed In Car Wreck

June 18, ST.JOHN'S CO., FL - 55 year old Keith Seltenreich was killed when the taxi he was driving crashed into another vehicle. The Checker Cab taxi was headed south, while an SUV was traveling north in the inside lane. For unknown reasons, the taxi driver crossed over the grassy median, and hit the passenger side of the SUV. After the collision, the taxi spun around and came to rest in the grassy median. The SUV came ended up on the east shoulder of the road, near a private driveway for Irriscape Trucking. Seltenreich was taken by air ambulance to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. All three occupants in the van were transported to Baptist South Hospital for minor injuries. There were no passengers in the taxi.

Man Killed by Lawn Tractor

June 18, SPOKANE, WA - A 44-year-old cemetery employee died early Friday when the lawn tractor he was operating dropped off an eight-to-ten foot embankment and landed on top of him. Co-workers found the worker trapped beneath the machine about 7:20 a.m. Friday and said he appeared to be breathing at that time. However, fire department employees pronounced him dead of apparent head injuries shortly after they arrived at the scene. The worker had been mowing grass at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery, 211 N. Government Way, in an upper terrace area designated "hand mow only," Deputy Mike Beckman reported. The deputy said the machine the victim was operating has hand levers for steering, rather than a steering wheel. He said it appeared the machine bounced after hitting a depression. A wheel may have lost traction sending the mower over the embankment. UPDATE: 44 year old Robert A. Villa has been identified as the worker killed in this accident.

Alternative Energy Company Employee Killed In Explosion

June 18, SIMI VALLEY, CA - 28 year old Tyson Larson was killed at his family business, Realm Industries, when a pressurized container used to heat water exploded accidentally during an apparent attempt to make alternative fuel. Fire department investigators said the blast was accidental but its exact cause remained undetermined but according to initial reports, one of the employees, probably Larson, was processing a fuel mixture of some type when the explosion occurred, said Dean Fryer, a spokesman for Cal OSHA.

Railroad Worker Drowns After Bridge Collapses Over River

June 18, NORFOLK, NE - 38 year old Jeffrey Scholl died when a bridge over the Elkhorn River collapsed. The bridge collapsed early Tuesday afternoon while Scholl and two other railroad employees were inspecting it for damage. The two other employees - who have not been identified - were not injured after they also fell into the flood waters of the river. His body was recovered Thursday night.

Man Killed In Train Derailment Cleanup

June 18, JACKSON TOWNSHIP, IN - 43 year old Michael Bowling of Dyer, IN was directing crane operations at the site of a train derailment. He was killed Thursday when a crane toppled onto him, according to the Porter County Sheriff's Department. Bowling was overseeing the clearing of rail cars and containers when one crane became unstable and fell on him just before noon, Sheriff's Department spokesman Chris Eckert said. Bowling was not operating the crane. Cranemasters, the crane's owners, were contracted by CSX to clear the derailment scene and worked through the night after Wednesday's incident, Eckert said. Two large cranes and earth-moving equipment were clearing damaged track sections and lifting derailed cars at the time of the accident, he said.

Man Killed When Construction Truck Backed Into Him

June 17, SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA - a 67 year old man of Arroyo Grande, CA, who reportedly owned a company doing roadwork on Highway 135 was killed Thursday when he was run over by a construction truck, officials said. The CHP said that 46-year-old Paul Michaelson of Lompoc was parked in a 1997 Peterbilt dump truck with an attached trailer on a closed southbound lane of Highway 135. Michaelson backed the rig up five to 10 feet to clear a truck parked in front of him and started to pull forward when he noticed a man lying on the ground where his truck had been. UPDATE: Worker Identified as Danny Toste.

Construction Worker Killed While Working Along US Route 30

June 17, PARIS TWP, OH - 26 year old Kevin Meyer of Grove City was electrocuted while working along U.S. Route 30 on Thursday when a boom truck struck a live power line, according to an Ohio Highway Patrol investigation. “A boom truck struck a live power line while (Meyer) was holding onto a brace attached to it, at which time he was electrocuted,” Shirkey said. Smith Ambulance took Meyer to Aultman. The Norwalk, Ohio-based Lake Erie Construction Co. was removing guardrail beams from the roadway when the incident occurred, Shirkey said.

Worker Dies in Trench Collapse

June 17, FAIRFIELD, IL - 53 year old Ricky Clendenin of Mount Carmel was killed Thursday afternoon when a long section of a trench he was working in collapsed. Witnesses at the scene said that workers had dug a four- to six-inch trench for an electrical line, then moved over less than two feet and used a backhoe to dig a much wider trench. Pottorff said about a 30-foot section of the soil between the two trenches collapsed, crushing Clendenin under more than seven feet of earth. "He was brought to the surface at 3:22 p.m.," Pottorff said. "We started CPR immediately and transported him to Fairfield Memorial Hospital, where he subsequently died."

Tractor Trailer Driver Killed in Wreck

June 17, KNOXVILLE, TN - 69 year old Donald Wayne Sluder of Leicester, NC was killed when his rig left the road and hit a bridge early Thursday morning in Jefferson County. According to a release, Sluder was traveling west on I-40 when he traveled into the right shoulder and struck the guardrail race. He then continued and struck a bridge pillar. After striking the pillar the trailer attached to the back of the truck separated. The truck continued to travel westbound where it caught on fire. It then stopped blocking both lanes trapping the driver inside of the vehicle.

Machine Shop Owner Killed in Accident

June 17, HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, OH - 69 year old John Bennington, owner of Sneller Machine and Tool in Highland Heights was killed Wednesday afternoon when a forklift, carrying a 7,000-pound tree stump grinder, tipped and fell on him. “The forklift tipped over and he was pinned,” Dowdell said. “I believe it was only two or three feet off the ground.” Bennington was a Chesterland resident. According to the Sneller Web site, the business is in its third generation of family ownership.

Greensboro Trucker Dies in Wreck

June 17, BLAIRS, VA - James Willie McKinzie of Greensboro, NC was killed when the tractor trailer he was driving ran off the road and flipped around 4 a.m. on Thursday, Roanoke NBC affiliate WSLS reported. Police said McKinzie was not wearing a seat belt. The crash caused the tank on his truck to leak liquid oxygen onto the road, which was closed until around 3 p.m. Thursday.

Man Dies After Bee Attack

June 17, ENCINITAS, CA - 54 year old Marco Tulio Lazaro died Wednesday after he was stung more than 500 times by swarming bees as he used a backhoe to clear brush from property in a rural area of eastern Encinitas, officials said. He was working with his 20-year-old nephew on property off Manchester Avenue near Pacific Ranch Drive when he was attacked by the bees. The man ran about 200 yards to an outhouse and went inside to seek shelter from the attack. That’s where firefighters found him, in full cardiac arrest, Henry said. Neighbors described the victim as a longtime gardener, landscaper and maintenance man who lived on the property, called Wiegand Ranch.

Miner Killed by Falling Beam at KY Coal Mine

June 17, HOLMES MILL, KY - 42 year old Jim Carmack of Barbourville was hit by a falling steel beam has been killed on the job, the fourth mining-related fatality of the year in Kentucky. Dick Brown, a spokesman for the state office, says coal dislodged from the mine wall and bumped a support holding up the beam. The Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Enforcement says the miner died Wednesday at Lone Mountain Processing’s Clover Fork Mine No. 1 at Holmes Mill in the southeastern part of the state.

Worker Killed Hailed As Hero

June 16, NAUGATUCK, CT - 59 year old Anthony Mariano of Middlebury cleared his co-workers and was about to remove the excavating machine he was operating from beneath the Route 63 Salem Bridge when a 100-foot section fell to the ground Tuesday morning, seriously injuring him. Mariano was brought by ambulance to Waterbury Hospital, according to the state police. He later died and was hailed as a hero. The bridge spans the Naugatuck River and the Metro-North Railroad. The construction crew, from the Brunalli Construction Co. in Southington, was working on a 100-foot section of the northbound side, 40 feet of which was over land, Kevin Nursick, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said.

Worker Killed at Temple-Inland

June 16, ROME, GA - 30 year old Lakeya Stallings was fatally injured at the plant’s planer mill Tuesday evening. Temple-Inland has not yet revealed what caused the incident that occurred around 10 p.m. Officials reported “the cause of the accident is under investigation,” according to a news release.

Shawano Co. Co-Op Worker Killed in Grain Bin Accident

June 16, ZACHOW, WI - 50 year old Gregory Siolka of DePere, WI died after falling into a grain elevator in Shawano County Wednesday. It happened around 10 a.m. in Zachow, which is east of Bonduel. Siolka was working inside to scrape some corn down that was hung up, then it collapsed on him, pulling him into the grain. Fire and rescue crews spent several hours trying to save Siolka. Farmers compare falling into a grain elevator full of corn to walking on quicksand. Stuart Sorenson is owner of the co-op and tearfully remembers Siolka as not just an employee...but a long-time friend.

Driver Pulling Logging Equipment Dies in Crash

June 16, LADYSMITH, WI - 86 year old Anthony Vacho of Ladysmith died when his vehicle crashed west of Ladysmith. Rusk County authorities said Vacho had medical conditions – but it’s not known if they had anything to do with the accident. Officers said Vacho was driving north when his vehicle went off the road and struck a culvert.

NJ Trooper Kills Self in Cruiser

June 16, WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ - 35 year old Trooper Scott Graham was found dead in his patrol car of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Graham was found by another officer who was passing by shortly after 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Graham was in a marked patrol car on an exit ramp off the Garden State Parkway in Wall Township and was pronounced dead at the scene. He is survived by a wife and three young children.

Mechanic Dies After Being Trapped Under Truck

June 16, GULFPORT, MS - 63 year old Charles Long died Wednesday morning, trapped under a company truck whose brakes he was working on. Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said Long died of chest injuries when the truck rolled on top of him and stopped. The coroner said preliminary investigation showed Long was working on the brake system. “When he released the air-brake cylinder, the truck rolled forward on top of him and stopped on top of him,” Hargrove said.

Farmer Killed in Tractor Mishap

June 16, WHITE HALL, IL - 79 year old Richard C "Dick" Reynolds of White Hall was killed when a runaway tractor ran over and fatally injured him as he and a farmhand were attempting to move a water tank, authorities said Wednesday. Authorities said Reynolds and the farmhand, Chris Norris of White Hall, had been using a truck to try to move a water tank from a hillside on farmland; however, the truck could not get traction on the wet grass, and the men tried to use the farm tractor instead. Reynolds was standing behind the tractor as the farmhand put it in gear, authorities said. The farmhand told investigators that the tractor's brakes and transmission failed, and the tractor began to roll backward down the hill, running over Reynolds.

Worker Dies in Accident at School

June 16, LOWER POTTSGROVE TWP, PA - An employee at Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School was killed Wednesday when a lawn mower he was working on fell on him, officials said. The staff member, a member of the grounds crew, was not identified by Lower Pottsgrove police or Pottsgrove School District officials who said "out of respect for the family" they would not release the man's name. An official with the Montgomery County Coroner's office did not have information on the death Wednesday afternoon.

Warehouse Worker Dies After Being Crushed

June 16, O'FALLON, MO - 23 year old Kelly S. McDaniel of O'Fallon died early Wednesday after being crushed by a sofa. McDaniel was operating a stockpicker inside the Rothman Furniture warehouse about 6 p.m. at 2101 East Terra Lane when a sofa-love seat fell on top of him and pinned him. McDaniel had gone to retrieve furniture for a customer but didn’t return, police said. His manager went looking for him and found him pinned between the furniture and the stockpicker, industrial equipment that raises and lowers heavy objects. The manager lowered McDaniel, removed the sofa and immediately began CPR until paramedics arrived, authorities said.

Construction Worker Dies From Fall

June 16, MOUNTAIN HOME, AR - 47 year old Robert Tuell died yesterday after falling from a construction site at a residence in Norfork. Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says Tuell was pronounced dead at the scene by the County Coroner.Initial investigation into the incident indicates Tuell was helping the unidentified homeowner with construction when he apparently fell 15 feet with his head striking the ground.

Tractor Trailer Driver Dies in Crash

June 16, PENDLETON CO., WV - Pendleton County Deputies tell News 3, a tractor trailer driver was killed Monday around 4:30p.m. The deadly crash occurred on Route 33 on Allegheny Mountain. The identity of the driver has not been released at this time.

Nurses Aide Shot & Killed Outside Hospital

June 16, EAST MEADOW, NY - 45 year old Stacie Williams was shot to death outside a hospital early Wednesday morning. A spokeswoman for the hospital said it appeared to be a domestic dispute. Williams, a 45-year-old nurse's aide who worked the night shift in the maternity ward of Nassau University Medical Center, was found shot multiple times at about 1 a.m. while on a break outside the Long Island hospital's visitor's entrance.

EMA Employee Found Dead

June 15, MARSHALL CO.,TN - 67 year old Delwin Lee was found dead outside of his EMA truck alongside Hatchet Hollow Road on Monday. A spokesperson with the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency said Lee was unloading water from his truck on the private road when he apparently collapsed. An autopsy will be performed to determine if Lee died from the heat or some kind of medical condition. Additional details concerning the incident were not known.

Driver Dies When Truck Hits Pole

June 15, GARDENA, CA - 57 year old Richard Granath died while driving in Torrance on Tuesday, but it was not known if his death was caused by a medical incident or his crash into a power pole. Granath owned and operated Sonic Plating in Gardena. Witnesses told police that Granath was southbound on Western Avenue around 10:30 a.m. when his truck began to drift slowly, according to police Lt. Jeremiah Hart. Suddenly, the truck accelerated and hit a utility pole just south of 190th Street, Hart said. Officers found Granath, the vehicle's sole occupant, behind the wheel with no pulse, Hart said.

Lightning strikes, kills St. Louis-area postal worker

June 16, ST LOUIS, MO - 34 year old Christina Jones, a mail carrier, was killed when lightning struck a tree while she was seeking shelter from a storm in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Neighbors say the force of the strike knocked Jones' shoes and hat off and tattered her clothes. They held an umbrella over the fallen postal worker and prayed until emergency workers arrived. Co-workers and friends say Jones had just returned from the Bahamas with her fiance, and that she was the mother of a 6-year-old son.

Roofer Dies After Fall Through Roof

June 16, MONTGOMERY, NY - A 26-year-old man from Beacon died Tuesday morning after falling from the roof at the shop where Paul Teutul Jr. is building his new bike business. Police declined to release the man's name pending notification of his family. The man worked for OCS Industries of Middletown, which had been hired to repair the roof by the building owner, Olori Brothers, Lt. Alex Landolina of the Montgomery Police Department said. Just before 9 a.m., the police received a call that a man had fallen. The roofing repair company had cut a hole in the roof and the man stepped backward into the space and fell, Landolina said. UPDATE: Police have released the name of the man killed as 26 year old Gary Shatlaw of Beacon.

Cab Driver Drowns After Helping Passenger To Safety

June 15, LAWTON, OK - 50 year old Miguel Lopez's cab got stuck in rushing water at 12th and Euclid. He had a passenger and called for another cab driver to pick them up. He helped the passenger to safety, but in the process, police said he unknowingly stepped into a canal where the water quickly pulled him under. Lopez worked for AAA Cab Company for several years and he left about two and a half years ago to work for Church's Chicken right next to his house. He just returned to AAA two weeks ago. His coworkers at the cab company said he's a hero, risking his own life to save a passenger and another driver.

EMA Employee Found Dead in Marshall Co.

June 15, MARSHALL CO., TN - 67 year old Delwin Lee,an employee with the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency was found dead outside of his EMA truck alongside Hatchet Hollow Road on Monday. A spokesperson with the agency said the 67-year-old Lee was unloading water from his truck on the private road when he apparently collapsed. An autopsy will be performed to determine if Lee died from the heat or some kind of medical condition. UPDATED article

Contract Employee Dies at Sandstone Mine

June 15, LESUEUR, MN - 46 year old Thomas Edwards, an employee of MOR PPM, Inc, died in an accident June 12 at a Minnesota sandstone mine. According to the LeSueur County Sheriff’s Office, Edwards,of Erwin, TN was seriously injured when he fell from a ladder approximately 47 feet to the ground at Unimin Minnesota’s Ottawa Plant and Pit in LeSueur. He was transported to LeSueur Hospital and later pronounced dead.

Postal Worker's Death Ruled Homicide

June 15, HAYWARD, CA - 61 year old Nancy Rogers was found dead at a dump in San Leandro about 8 a.m. on Monday after co-workers reported her missing. On Monday, Rogers came to work at 1 a.m. Several hours later, the small group of employees who worked with her that day noticed that she was missing and called their supervisor, Rickher said. The supervisor then called police. The early morning employees "are a very close-knit group" and it was "out of the ordinary" for Rogers to disappear, Rickher said. Orrey said officers who responded to the post office determined that its Dumpster had recently been emptied. Officers next went to Waste Management's transfer center at 2615 Davis St. in San Leandro and determined where the trash from the post office had been unloaded. The piles were searched, and amid the trash officers found a body that matched Rogers' description, Orrey said.

Worker Killed by Falling Utility Pole

June 15, MEMPHIS, TN - 42 year old Reginald Payne was killed this afternoon when part of a utility pole fell on him. Another worker was injured. MLGW spokesman Glen Thomas said crews were doing maintenance work on the wooden pole when part of it broke off, striking the men. It’s uncertain if the victims were on the ground or operating a crane.

Man Dies After Fall

June 15, RAYMOND, NE - 30 year old Neil Cary, of Lincoln died Tuesday after a 10-foot fall, a Lancaster County Sheriff's sergeant said. Around 3 p.m., co-workers found Cary on the concrete floor of the Benes Heating and Air Conditioning warehouse at 5580 W. Mill Road. Investigators believe Cary fell from a loft used to store supplies, resulting in a fatal head injury, Brookhouser said.

Alabama Worker Killed in Industrial Accident

June 15, BIRMINGHAM, AL - 43 year old Mark Allen Jackson of West Blocton, was supervising the loading of 5,000-pound pipes onto a flat bed trailer when one of them rolled off the bed and onto him, said Jefferson County sheriff's Chief Deputy Randy Christian. The accident happened just after 3 p.m. at Western Steel Inc. at 3360 Davey Allison Blvd. in Hueytown.

Worker Falls to His Death

June 15, MINNEAPOLIS, MN - 57 year old Patrick Maas has been identified as a worker who fell to his death last week. Maas,of northeast Minneapolis, died on the job Thursday at 2828 University Avenue SE., according to the Hennepin County medical examiner's office.

Idaho Man Dies in Oil Drilling Accident

June 15, VERNAL, UT - 32 year old Alan J. Eichelberger of Hansen, ID died in an accident on an oil rig in Uintah County on Sunday. Eichelberger was struck in the head by drilling equipment shortly before 1 a.m. while working on the oil rig, said John Laursen, Uintah County undersheriff. "He was wearing a hard hat, but that didn't do him any good," Laursen said.

Mechanic Killed at MSP Airport

June 15, MINNEAPOLIS, MN - 47 year old Jesse Paul Stygar of Rosemound, a mechanic for Delta Air Lines, died at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Tuesday morning after being injured while working on a plane, a spokesperson with the Metropolitan Airports Commission said. MAC spokesperson Pat Hogan said Stygar was working in the gear/wheel well area when he was injured. Stygar died by the time emergency crews arrived at the scene.

Census Crew Leader Dies After Being Shot

June 15, BALTIMORE, MD - 22 year old Spencer Williams was working for the Census Bureau has died after being shot while dropping off a co-worker, the first killing of a Census worker on the job this year. Williams died Friday after being shot June 7, according to Baltimore police. He was found inside his car, resting in the median near an intersection, and had multiple gunshot wounds, police said. Census Bureau spokesman Steven J. Jost said Williams was returning home after driving a co-worker home at the end of the day and was considered to still be on the job.

Second Lincoln Explosion Victim Dies

June 14, STANFORD - The Stanford man who was critically burned in a massive gunpowder explosion at an ammunition business earlier this year has died. James Greenwood, 57, died Tuesday at University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, said John Sallee of Spurlin Funeral Home in Stanford, which is handling Greenwood’s arrangements. Greenwood never returned home from the hospital following the Jan. 12 explosion at the home of Shannon Corman, who operated a gun and ammunition business behind his residence off of Herndon Avenue. Greenwood worked for Corman. Corman and Greenwood were apparently dividing black powder from a large stockpile into smaller amounts when the explosion occurred, destroying an outbuilding behind the home and setting off hundreds of rounds of live ammunition.

Caterer, Nurse Dies in Wreck

June 14, HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, PA - 28 year old Bridget McGrath of Hannastown, PA died in a car crash in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County. She was a registered nurse and a part-time caterer for DeNunzio's Italian Restaurant. Her family said that she was likely on her way home from a catering event early Monday morning, according to the county coroner. State police think she fell asleep at the wheel."Unfortunately, after she struck the telephone pole, the wires were still hot, still active wires, and we believe it charged the vehicle, which would mean there was electricity still flowing -- a possibility that the vehicle still had electricity emitting through the vehicle," Trooper Stephen Limani said. "We believe that, at some point in time, maybe she tried to exit the vehicle. The door was ajar." The county coroner's office said McGrath may have burned to death or been electrocuted while trying to get out of her car.

NE Trucker Killed When Struck by Equipment

June 14, MILBANK, SD - 58 year old Vincent Nelson of Jackson, NE was killed when a piece of equipment fell off a forklift and struck him in the head. Sheriff Mike McKernan says Nelson died Friday after a loader frame being moved off his semitrailer slid off the forklift and hit him.

Nemacolin Employee Killed In Route 381 Crash

June 13, WHARTON TOWNSHIP,PA - A worker at Nemacolin Woodlands was killed in a van crash Sunday. The van, carrying seven passengers, ran off Route 381, just north of Route 40 in Wharton Township at 7:30 a.m. It struck a utility pole and a tree. "They were mainly employees from Nemacolin Woodlands finishing up their shift and returning home. We did have one fatality -- the back passenger of the van," said Farmington VFD Chief Brian Vansickle. The female victim has not yet been identified. Authorities said she was not wearing a seatbelt.

Texas trucker killed in crash on Louisiana highway

June 13, CONVERSE, LA - 26 year old Jadarion Montez Taylor of Longview, TX died after his diesel fuel truck flipped several times, ejecting him. Taylor was hauling 5,000 gallons of fuel in a 2010 International truck. The Times of Shreveport reports that Taylor apparently entered a slight left hand curve in the highway, ran off of the road to the right and began traveling in the ditch. The truck turned sideways and started rolling, ultimately coming to rest on the driver's side in a pasture.

Veteran Firefighter Dies After Lightning Strike Visiting Firefighter Memorial

June 12, DENVER, CO - 53 year old William John Carr of Pompana Beach, FL was taken off of life support on Tuesday night at St. Anthony Central Hospital after suffering an injury which doctors say he did not have a chance of surviving. "He suffered catastrophic brain damage from the lightning and from a lack of oxygen," his brother Bob Carr said. Carr, a veteran firefighter in Broward County, Florida for more than 30 years,was riding across the country with three fellow firefighters. They were on their way to visit the Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Colorado Springs. Witnesses say they saw the men near mile marker 138, when the lightning struck. The lightning hit Carr directly on the right side of his head, shattering his helmet and knocking him to the ground.

New Milford Zoner Dies After Collapse at Meeting

June 12, NEW MILFORD, CT - 60 year old Charles H. Bradford, who was a member of the New Milford Zoning Commission, died following his collapse Monday evening during a regular meeting of the local Republican Town Committee. Mr. Bradford elected to the zoning board last November. In the candidate’s information he provided during the last municipal election season, Mr. Bradford, who was 60 at the time, noted that he and his wife, Pat, then married for 37 years, had eight children and 12 grandchildren.

Local Fire Chief Killed in Farm Accident

June 10, CROPSEY, IL - 63 year old Richard Brucker died in a farm accident Wednesday. Authorities found Brucker's body unresponsive before he was pronounced dead on scene. Brucker began serving as the Cropsey Fire Chief in 1998. Preliminary autopsy results indicate he died from multiple injuries consistent with a fall. Coroner Beth Kimmerling says Brucker might have fallen from a grain bin. In addition to his duties as fire chief, he worked as a farmer and was retired from State Farm.

Conductor Killed When Hit by Train

June 10, RICHMOND, VA - 54 year old Conductor Marshall W. Conner, a member of UTU Local 610, died after being struck by a train near here, June 10, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Conner, a 26-year veteran railroader was hit by a northbound freight train traveling a parallel track while he was conducting an air brake test.

Manure Gas Killed 2 Workers

June 9, WEST POINT, NE - 63 year old Alan Borhart and 36 year old Robert Holiday appear to have died of suffocation due to gas at a pig manure pump house. Cuming County authorities are awaiting laboratory test results to see what type of gas suffocated the two workers. The bodies of both men were discovered Friday night in the pump house on their workplace, the Maple Creek Pig Co., south of West Point along U.S. Highway 275. Co-workers say Borhart and Holiday were pumping pig manure from one containment lagoon to another.

Semi-Truck Driver Dies in Accident

June 4, KENNEWICK, WA - 55 year old Ronald W. Collins from Lorimor, IA was killed June 2 when his trailer overturned and his truck crashed into a guardrail near the Vernita Bridge the Washington State Patrol said. Collins was driving a 2000 Freightliner tractor east on the highway when he took a curve too fast causing his trailer to overturn troopers said. The truck then rolled onto its top and stopped on the guardrail. Collins, who was wearing his seat belt, died at the scene.

1 comment:

Liquid Roof said...

Oh its really bad to know, i am feeling bad, i want to finish such type of mishaps. :(

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