Weekly Toll: Lots of Tragedy This Week

3 Amarillo men die when detached trailer crashes into road workers

Amarillo, TX — Three Amarillo men died and two other people were injured Saturday morning when a trailer being towed on eastbound Interstate 40 came loose from the back of a pickup and crashed into a road paving machine and its crew.  J. Lee Milligan employees Ygnacio Rodriquez, 59, Jorge Noe Catano, 36, and Julian Zamora, 63, were pronounced dead at the scene on eastbound I-40 just east of Whitaker Road, according to the Amarillo Police Department.

Man dies after being found in refrigerated trailer Friday in Woodland

WOODLAND, WA — Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of an employee of a Woodland meat company who was found unconscious in a refrigerated trailer Friday night.The employee was pronounced dead later in the evening at Southwest Washington Medical Center. Another worker for Walt’s Wholesale Meats, at 350 S. Pekin Road, found the fellow employee, who had been alone in the trailer about three hours, said Cowlitz Sheriff’s Sgt. Corey Huffine.

Contract worker dies in fall at gin

Lamesa, TX — A Lamesa man was killed in a fall from the top of Ten Mile Gin just before 12 noon Friday, according to information from the Dawson County Sheriff Office. Juan Molina, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene by Assistant Justice of the Peace Vickie Lanham, head clerk at the Dawson County Justice of the Peace Office. Molina was an employee of a contractor who was doing some work on the gin, Chief Deputy Josh Peterson said on Friday. Molina reportedly had been working on top of the gin.  “We’re not exactly sure of all the details at this time,” Peterson said, “but we do know that he fell an estimated 35 feet to the ground, hitting some stuff on the way down.”

64-Year-Old Man Killed In On-The-Job Accident In Pontiac

DETROIT, MI – An investigation is underway after a 64-year-old Warren man died in an accident on the job in Pontiac.According to the Oakland County Sheriff’s office, witnesses reported the victim had been working on repairs to the back end of a large truck, at Waste Management in 200 block of E. Walton Blvd., when coworkers found him with an axle lying across his midsection.

Man identified in deadly tree trimming accident in Washington County, Virginia

BRISTOL, Va. — A man is dead after a tree trimming accident in Bristol, Virginia. The accident happened shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday on Memphis Lane, which is in the Ketron community, according to Washington County, Virginia, Sheriff Fred Newman. The victim, Thomas Gibson, 51, of New Tazewell, Tennessee, was climbing a tree and cutting the top portion of it when the tree suddenly snapped, falling back on Gibson and killing him. Gibson was left suspended 40 to 50 feet off the ground after the tree snapped, according to Newman. It’s unclear why Gibson was in the area and what type of tree work he was doing.

PennDOT worker killed in Franklin County

REENE TOWNSHIP, Pa. —State police say a 41-year-old man from Hazleton, Luzerne County, was killed when he was hit by a tractor-trailer, just after 9 p.m. Friday. According to PennDOT, the man was part of a line painting crew, and was setting up cones on Interstate 81, near mile marker 19, in Green Township. Officials say a truck was set up to warn drivers about the roadwork, but PennDOT says the tractor-trailer driver missed that truck, and instead, hit the man who was setting up the cones.

Jacksonville street sweeper killed in accident

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Rescuers say a street sweeper who apparently was trying to clear something from the machine accidentally became entangled in it and was killed early Saturday. It happened in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant at San Jose Boulevard and Loretta Road in Mandarin.Witnesses reported hearing the man crying for help.

Truck Driver Killed In I-91 Crash

WETHERSFIELD,CT– A dump truck driver was killed early Friday morning when the truck left Interstate 91 northbound in Wethersfield north of exit 26, went through a guard rail and down a wooded embankment. The truck came to rest in trees and brush. The driver , 36 year old Kevin Lockery of New Britain , had to be extricated from the vehicle and was taken to Hartford Hospital, where he later died.

Firefighter Dies After Collapsing at Blaze in South Suburban Harvey

Harvey, IL — A firefighter died after collapsing at a blaze in south suburban Harvey on Saturday afternoon.Around 1:30 p.m., the Harvey Fire Department responded to a report of multiple mobile homes on fire near W. 150th St. and Rockwell Ave., according to Harvey police spokesman Sean Howard.The Harvey Fire Department then called for backup from the neighboring Dolton Fire Department, Howard said. Dolton firefighter Lawrence Matthews was on the sidewalk at the scene of the fire when he collapsed and became unresponsive, according to officials. Matthews was taken to Ingalls Memorial Hospital where he later died, authorities said. It was not immediately clear if his collapse was related to the fire.

Mo. truck driver killed in I-55/74 crash

BLOOMINGTON, IL — A 43-year-old Hannibal, Mo., man was the semitrailer truck driver killed in a crash Thursday on Interstate 55/74 near the Market Street exit, the McLean County coroner’s office announced Friday.  David W. Weekley, who was alone in the truck, was pronounced dead at 1:47 p.m. Thursday at the scene where the northbound truck struck a concrete median wall near mile marker 160 in Bloomington, authorities said.

 

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