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Line worker killed by falling tree in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) – An Eversource subcontractor was killed in Middletown on Sunday by a falling tree, according to police. At approximately 3:17 p.m. Sunday, a subcontractor for Eversource was repairing a line on Millbrook Road in the area of 1233. As the repair was completed a tree fell on top of the lineman, causing fatal injuries. The identity of the victim will not be released at this time.

Police officer gunned down in Mobile, Alabama

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A police officer has been shot to death in Mobile, Alabama. Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Batiste told reporters that Officer Sean Tuder was gunned down Sunday afternoon. Batiste said one suspect has been taken into custody. However, he said he could not immediately confirm if the 19-year-old suspect fired the shot that killed Tuder. Batiste said the suspect had several prior warrants. Tuder is the second Mobile police officer to die in the line of duty since February 2018. That’s when Officer Justin Billa was killed in a standoff.

Tow truck driver killed while working Saturday

Elkin, NC — Authorities have released the name of a local tow truck driver who was killed while loading a vehicle on N.C. 268 Bypass in Elkin Saturday night. Benny Gray Sprinkle, 59, of State Road, was working for Moody’s Garage in State Road loading a vehicle on a rollback at 7:23 p.m. Saturday night when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle traveling westbound, said John Shelton, director of Surry County Emergency Services.

Seafood worker dies from injuries at New Bedford plant

New Bedford, MA — For the second time in five years, a worker at the Sea Watch International seafood processing plant in New Bedford has died after getting caught in machinery, according to the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health. William Couto, 63 of Acushnet, was injured Jan. 2 after his clothing was entangled in a running motor, and he died Jan. 6, according to the social services organization, known as MassCOSH. The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened an investigation the day of the accident. In January 2014, Victor Gerena was killed at the same plant while he was cleaning a shellfish-shucking machine and his clothes were caught in a rotating shaft.

Paola man killed in KDOT snow plow roll over

STILWELL, Kan. (WIBW) — The Kansas Highway Patrol has released the name of the 25-year-old Paola man killed in an early Saturday morning rollover crash in Johnson Co. Investigators say Stephen Windler was heading south on U.S.-69, about a mile south of Stilwell, around 5:50 a.m. when his snow plow went off the right side of the road and into the grass. The vehicle started to spin and then tipped over, dumping the salt load. According to KHP’s crash report, Windler was thrown from the plow as it rolled over completely. The vehicle came to a rest on its passenger side and on top of him. Windler was pronounced dead on the scene. Investigators have not determined why Windler went off the highway.

Truck driver killed in I-94 crash identified

CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. – The truck driver killed in a crash along I-94 Thursday has been identified. Michigan State Police say that Peter Monroe, 48, of Mendon, was killed in the crash that closed I-94 in Emmett Township for several hours Thursday morning.  Monroe was driving for Greenwood Motor Lines of Wilmington, Ohio. Police say that Monroe’s truck hit another semi as it was merging onto westbound I-94 from the 11 Mile Road entrance ramp

OSHA Investigating Death Of Broomfield Man In South Dakota

RAPID CITY, SD – The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a Broomfield cell phone technician who fell from a cell tower in South Dakota. Andrew Psomas, 23, of Broomfield fell from a cell phone tower around 8:44 p.m. while working at night on Jan. 10, on 154th Avenue near Caputa, South Dakota, a spokeswoman for the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office told the Rapid City Journal.

Garbage truck driver killed in crash with parked car

DALY CITY, CA — A garbage truck driver with Republic Services died in a crash in Daly City Wednesday morning, a police sergeant said.The crash was reported at about 6:15 a.m. in the 600 block of Skyline Boulevard near Carmel Avenue, Daly City police Sgt. Ron Harrison said. The driver, identified by the San Mateo County coroner’s office as 58-year-old South San Francisco resident Mauricio Garcia Oropeza, was picking up garbage and heading north on Skyline when the truck hit an unoccupied parked car, Harrison said. Somehow Garcia Oropeza ended up outside of his vehicle and was crushed between the two vehicles, according to Harrison. He said investigators are trying to determine how the driver ended up between the two vehicles.

Man dies in workplace accident while razing vacant building in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A worker died Wednesday after part of a building collapsed on him, police said. Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia said the incident happened about 5 p.m. at a vacant industrial building at 2742 Grand Avenue in the city’s Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhood. A private demolition company was working at the building when the incident happened, Ciaccia said. Ciaccia said it appears part of the building collapsed on the worker. The worker’s identity was not immediately released. No other information was immediately available.

Phoenix firefighter dies after battling cancer contracted from job

PHOENIX, AZ — A Phoenix first responder died this week after battling an aggressive form of cancer that he contracted as a result of being a firefighter. Rick Telles died Thursday “in the presence of his closest loved ones,” according to a Facebook post from the United Phoenix Firefighters. “Ricks (sic) passing will be considered a line of duty death and he will be honored accordingly in his memorial services,” part of the post read.

Burdett Firefighter dies in tragic farming accident

HECTOR, N.Y. (WETM) – A member of the Burdett Fire Department has died after a tragic accident, according to the Schuyler County Office of Emergency Management. It happened Wednesday morning on Dolphsburg Road in the town of Hector.  The Sheriff’s Office says 51-year-old Jay Arcangeli of Burdett became entangled in a power take-off unit, a machine used to transmit power from a tractor to another piece of equipment. Arcangeli was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police ID Car Wash Worker Killed This Week

Columbus, OH — Columbus police have identified the north side car wash employee killed on Monday.  Police belive 35-year-old Daniel Boucher was electrocuted after becoming trapped inside the machinery at the Sinclair Road car wash. How it happened is not clear. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating. This is at least the fifth workplace fatality in central Ohio since the beginning of December.

LCSO identifies man electrocuted to death at woodworking shop in south Fort Myers

Fort Meyers, FL — The Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating an electrocution at the Pine Ridge Industrial Park on Wednesday night. The Sheriff’s Office identified the dead man as David Keithley, 38, and said his death was an accidental electrocution and is not considered suspicious. Online information listed Fort Myers and Bonita Springs addresses for Keithley.

Man killed in industrial accident in Medley

Medley, FLA. (WSVN) – A man has died after being involved in an industrial accident in Medley. Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene along Northwest 77th Street and 72nd Avenue at around 3 p.m., Wednesday. Officials said the 59-year-old was operating machinery when something went wrong. Rescue crews declared the man dead at the scene.

Chef killed, 2 critically hurt in restaurant hammer attack in Brooklyn

DEVILLE TRUCK DRIVER KILLED IN ONE-VEHICLE ACCIDENT

Marksville, LA — A Deville man became the Troop E’s first traffic fatality of 2019 when he was killed in a one-vehicle accident on La. Hwy 913 Monday (Jan. 14). Investigators said Matthew D. Howerton, 32, was driving a loaded log truck when he lost control, ran off the road and overturned. He was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the vehicle, State Police said. He was killed at the scene. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, a Troop E spokesman said.

Employee dies at Sazerac’s Glenmore Distillery

Owensboro, KY — An employee has died as the result of a “workplace accident” at the Sazerac-owned The Glenmore Distillery in Kentucky on Monday (14 January), causing the site to suspend operations. The unnamed employee died following an accident at the maturation and bottling plant in Owensboro, Kentucky. Details of the incident have not been disclosed. A Sazerac spokeswoman told The Spirits Business: “We are deeply saddened to report the death of a team member at The Glenmore Distillery on January 14 in a workplace accident. All operations are suspended at Glenmore pending an investigation until further notice.”

Long Island gas station worker fatally struck by driver who didn’t pay

Owner of cell phone store shot, killed during robbery in east Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  – The owner of cell phone repair store was found dead inside of his own shop in east Charlotte on Monday, and the shooter is still on the loose. Police responded to the shop in the in the 3100 block of N. Sharon Amity Rd.  after guys at the barber shop next door found the victim, 29-year-old Elchin Khalilov, dead around 11:00 a.m.   People who work in this area tell FOX 46 the shooting started as an attempted robbery.

Authorities ID NC man shot, killed by store employee inside mall

PINEVILLE, N.C. (WBTV) – A person shot and killed by an employee at Carolina Place Mall in Pineville Sunday afternoon has been identified as 24-year-old Khali Amir Holmes of Charlotte, the Pineville Police Department said Monday. The deadly shooting happened in the DTLR store. Officials reported that the shooting was the result of an argument between a DTLR employee and Holmes. The employee turned himself in and is currently considered the primary suspect in this investigation. Police believe the conflict was the result of an “ongoing feud.”

MSHA offers no comment on investigation into mining death

BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WVLT) A man from Clinton, Tennessee is dead following a mining accident in Bell County, Kentucky. The accident happened off KY-2012 at the Toms Fork mine, owned by Nally and Hamilton, in the Balkan community, near the Harlan County line. Officials said the victim, 56-year-old Jeffrey Norman Slone from Clinton, Tennessee, was a contracted worker for Tennco Energy Inc. According to a release from Kentucky State Police, Slone was working as a surveyor. Officials said that Slone, an engineer contracted by Tenneco Energy, was on mine property when a power haulage accident involving a shuttle car killed him. KSP says that the incident occurred at about 11:20 a.m. Slone was approximately 600 feet underground when the incident occurred. He was transported to Pineville Hospital and later pronounced dead.

Semi truck driver killed in crash when pickup driver abruptly changes lanes in Monroe, MSP says

MONROE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 54-year-old man was killed Monday when a pickup truck driver abruptly changed lanes in front of his semi truck and caused a crash in Monroe Township, according to authorities. Michigan State Police troopers were called at 6:36 a.m. Monday to a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of South Custer and Herr roads, officials said. Police said a semi truck, a pickup truck and a passenger vehicle were heading east on South Custer Road. The semi was in the right lane and the passenger vehicle was in front of the pickup truck in the left lane, authorities said. When the passenger vehicle stopped for the red light at Herr Road, the pickup abruptly moved into the right lane, police said. The semi hit the back of the pickup truck, causing the semi load to smash into the cab and strike the driver, according to officials. The semi truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

THP identifies dump truck driver killed in Cannon County crash

CANNON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Investigators have identified the dump truck driver killed in a crash Friday afternoon in Cannon County. The incident was reported around 3:10 p.m. on U.S. Highway 70 South near Cummings Hollow Road. According to a crash report released Monday by Tennessee Highway Patrol, 53-year-old Michael A. Alexander was driving the dump truck eastbound when he ran off the road, overcorrected, went across both lanes of travel, then drove off the other side of the road. The truck rolled and Alexander was thrown from the vehicle. The Woodbury man did not survive. Alexander was not wearing a seatbelt, Highway Patrol said.

Honor run planned for tow truck driver killed in crash

NEAR GREEN BAY, Wis. — Truckers are returning to the scene of a crash where they lost one of their own. The drivers are hosting an honor run for Jesse Hettmann, who was hit and killed Friday on I-41 near Lombardi Avenue. A big part of this honor run will be drivers from Glenn’s Towing, where Jesse worked.

State trooper struck, killed while responding to crash on I-294

NORTHBROOK, Ill. — An Illinois state trooper was killed Saturday while responding to a three-car crash on I-294 in Northbrook, police said. Trooper Christopher Lambert was on his way home at about 4:45 p.m. Saturday when he responded to a crash on the left shoulder of I-294 NB near Willow Road, according to Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz. Lambert was out of his car when a vehicle on the highway failed to stop — hitting Lambert and throwing him several feet, according to WGN sources. An off-duty nurse stopped to perform CPR. Lambert was rushed to Glenbrook Hospital, where he died at 7:24 p.m. Saturday, state police said. Lambert, 34, had been on the job for five years.

Wastewater treatment contractor found dead in tank at Metamora plant

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. (WKRC) – Franklin County deputies are investigating an apparent death of a wastewater treatment worker at a facility. Mickey Lounsbury, 63, was found dead at the Metamora Wastewater Treatment Plant on Jan. 9. Lounsbury’s family reported him missing that day and found his vehicle at the Metamora plant. Deputies found Lounsbury dead in a holding tank. The Hamilton County Coroner says Lounsbury drowned. It appears to be an accident. Sheriff’s investigators say Lounsbury was a private contractor hired for testing and maintenance. The Harrison man worked at several facilities and often worked alone.

Hudson man killed in Brooksville helicopter incident remembered for talents as a pilot

BROOKSVILLE, FL — Behind the controls, Salvatore “Sal” Disi was smooth. “If it’s something that could move, fly or float, the guy just had a natural talent for it all,” said friend Robert Ray, who has an aircraft hangar next to the hangar at the Brooksville airport where Disi worked. “If it had wheels, he could ride it. If it had four, he could drive it. If it had wings, he could fly it.” Disi, 62, had hired out his talents and was working on his employer’s helicopter Thursday when a spinning blade struck him in the head, killing him instantly, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. It remained unclear Monday how the incident occurred or who is investigating.

 

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