Park Rapids, MN — A man trapped in a collapsed trench at a farm near here died Friday, June 30, Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander said in a news release. A 911 call on the incident was received by the sheriff’s department about 12:53 p.m., Glander said. When emergency personnel arrived at the Callaway Township farm, they found the victim’s co-workers trying to free the man. Despite lifesaving efforts, Donovan Leonard Weber, 25, Ogema, was pronounced dead at the scene, Glander said.
In an instant, molten slag gushed over workers at Tampa Electric power plant
APOLLO BEACH, FL — It was the kind of job that workers at the Big Bend power plant do routinely, and one done countless times in the nearly 35 years that senior plant operator Michael McCort had worked at Tampa Electric. But company executives said something went tragically wrong Thursday as McCort, 60, and at least five employees working for outside contractors tried to unplug a tank containing molten slag that can reach temperatures of more than 1,000 degrees. Slag gushed from the tank, falling onto the workers below. The flow — “like what comes out of a volcano,” one expert said — covered the floor six inches deep and 40 feet across. McCort, of Riverview, was killed along with contractor employee Christopher Irvin, 40, of Tampa. Another four contractor employees were hospitalized with life-threatening burns or other injuries: Antonio Navarrete, 21, and Armando J. Perez, 56, both of Wimauma; and two Tampa men related by marriage, Frank Lee Jones, 55, and his stepson, Gary Marine Jr., 32.
Doctor Opens Fire at Bronx Hospital, Killing a Doctor and Wounding 6
Bronx, NY — A disgruntled doctor armed with an AR-15 rifle and wearing a lab coat went on a rampage on Friday in the Bronx hospital where he had worked, killing a doctor and wounding six other people — five of them seriously — before setting himself on fire and shooting himself in the head, the authorities said. The Doctor killed was Dr. Tracy Sin-Yee Tam.
Death of worker at Little Caesars Arena was accidental
DETROIT, MICH. – The death of an electrical worker who fell 75 feet at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit was accidental, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office. Michael Morrison died of multiple injuries in the Wednesday morning fall, said Lisa Croff, director of Communications & Media Relations for the Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans & Community Wellness. Detroit Police Media Relations Director Michael Woody said earlier in the week that investigators believe the death was a suicide, based in part on the statements of witnesses. (Note: Medical examiner says death of worker at Little Caesars Arena was accidental, not suicide.)
Man who killed SAPD officer had criminal history
San Antonio, TX — A San Antonio police officer who died Friday morning, one day after he and his partner were shot near downtown in the middle of the afternoon, was killed by a career criminal whose past arrests include charges of kidnapping, drugs and evading arrest. Officer Miguel Moreno, 32, was pronounced dead at 11:11 a.m. Friday at the San Antonio Military Medical Center. About 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Moreno and Officer Julio Cavazos approached two men near a car that appeared to have been broken into in the 200 block of West Evergreen Street near San Antonio College, Police Chief William McManus said. Moreno and Cavazos had just exited their cruiser when one of the men, later identified as Andrew C. Bice, pulled out a handgun and shot Moreno in the head and Cavazos in the chin, though the bullet eventually lodged itself in his chest cavity.
Police identify CSX workers killed by Amtrak train
Washington DC — D.C. police have identified the two CSX employees who were killed when they were hit by an Amtrak train late Tuesday. Police identified the men as Stephen Deal, 20, of Meyersdale, Pa., and Jake LaFave, 25, of Cumberland, Md. The men were struck by an Amtrak train while they were inspecting their freight train near Union Station. The National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash, said the two men — a conductor and a conductor trainee — had gotten off their freight train after a detector that looks for abnormalities was triggered, indicating that something was wrong with the wheels.
Construction Worker Killed When Tree Falls on Him
Belfair, WA — Brian Mattis was using an excavator to dig up the root system of a large tree, and the tree fell on the excavator cab, crushing him. The cause of death was asphyxia due to crushing of the chest. (Source: Washington L&I report)
Manley Meats reopens after workplace accident
ADAMS Co., Ind. — Manley Meats Inc. in Monroe will reopen Thursday morning. The company closed the store on June 22 after a workplace accident left one man dead and another man in critical condition. Justin Manley was pronounced dead at the scene while Mark Manley was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital. Mark has since gone home, according to the company’s Facebook page. Emergency crews were called to the business around 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, June 21. According to Sheriff Shane Rekeweg, the two men were pulled from a pit by members of the Monroe Fire Department. Adams County Coroner Leslie Cook said the two were working on a sewer pit when one or both became unresponsive. An autopsy determined Justin Manley, 40, died from asphyxia due to drowning caused by hydrogen sulfide gas toxicity.
Construction worker dies after being struck by lightning
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. — A construction worker who was struck by lightning while working in Florida has died, CBS Miami reports. Authorities say lightning struck around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday while workers laid rebar for the new Pines City Center. Ted Scouten, 34, subsequently went into cardiac arrest. Coworkers performed CPR on the job site, but he succumbed to his injuries. “His injuries were pretty significant,” said Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue Chief Ruben Troncoso. “It appears it might have been a direct hit. One of the medics on the scene reported that he noticed an entrance and exit wound, which can signify a direct hit, but it can also mean that it ricocheted off a metal object.”
Utah DWR employee dies in truck rollover
SEVIER COUNTY, Utah – A rollover wreck has killed 31-year-old Jared Baker, a Utah Division of Wildlife Resources employee. According to the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, the single-vehicle crash happened on Monday around 2:40 p.m. at 1190 N. State St. in Sigurd, Utah.
Worker killed cleaning hot tub in Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas — An apartment maintenance worker who was cleaning a hot tub at an apartment complex was electrocuted Monday afternoon, CBS DFW reports. Christopher Asing, 25, was cleaning the spa at the Summer Brook Apartments in Fort Worth, Texas, when the accident happened, according to Officer Daniel Segura. Asing’s co-worker told firefighters that Asing was near a pump after they had cut power to it. But when the co-worker turned the power back on, he heard Asing scream in pain, then found him unresponsive in a nearby canal. Asing was taken to Medical City Alliance hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Arkansas Truck Driver Killed After Semi Strikes Bridge and Explodes In Flames
Jonesboro, AR — On Tuesday, an Arkansas truck driver tragically lost his life after his semi struck a concrete overpass structure and burst into flames. The driver has been identified as 57-year-old Jackie Becker of Jonesboro, AR. He was employed as a driver for YRC Worldwide and was on the job Tuesday morning, delivering a load of freight from Memphis and to Kansas City. At around 8:55 am, Becker was traveling northbound on Interstate 555 and was about to cross under the Harrisburg Road overpass when he swerved off the road to the right side and crashed into the concrete column.
Murder at Culver’s hits home for business owner
MADISON, WI — The homicide at Culver’s on Tuesday rattled the nerves of one business owner who knows what it feels like to stare down the barrel of a gun. “At first, it’s just a shock,” said Richard Fitzgerald, the owner of the Rosati’s Pizza shop on Madison’s east side. His restaurant has been robbed twice. Police say four workers were remodeling part of the restaurant during the overnight hours when two masked men stormed in. One of the robbers held the four contractors at gunpoint while the other suspect spent 45 minutes breaking into a safe. Once the safe was open, one of the contractors suffered a medical emergency, according to Madison police. Chief Mike Koval said the suspect who held the men at gunpoint did not allow anyone to help the worker or call 911. The worker died at the scene.
Longtime DOH engineer killed in I-79 double fatal crash
CLENDENIN, W.Va. — A 25-year DOH engineer was killed Tuesday when the state truck he was riding in on Interstate 79 south of Clendenin was T-boned by an SUV being driven by a Kanawha County woman, who also died, authorities said. Glen Lough, 47, of Fraziers Bottom, and two other workers were heading back to the DOH’s Division 1 offices in Charleston at around 4:40 p.m. Tuesday when an SUV, driven by Edna Martin Gallian, 80, of Clendenin, came from the northbound lanes and slammed into the southbound DOH vehicle.
Niles man killed in industrial accident
NILES, IN — A Niles man was killed in an industrial accident early Tuesday.According to a report from Niles police, officers received a 911 call around 5:15 a.m. Tuesday reported a man had been run over by a semi truck. Officers and other first responders went to Paragon Tempered Glass, 1830 Terminal Road, and found that Dennis Cobb, 64, had been run over by the rear wheels of a semi tractor. Through an investigation, officers learned Cobb was in the process of moving an empty trailer from the loading dock and apparently fell from the cab of the semi tractor. He was then caught under the rear wheels of the semi tractor. Cobb was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Police Identify Truck Driver Killed on I-65 Near Seymour
SEYMOUR, Ind. — Indiana State Police have identified the man killed in an early-morning crash on I-65 near Seymour. ISP says 65-year-old James Foster, of Louisville, hit a parked INDOT dump truck that was parked in the right-hand, southbound lane of I-65 early Tuesday morning. Foster lost control of his semi and it overturned. He died of his injuries before emergency workers arrived. The INDOT dump truck was parked in the right southbound lane, blocking traffic while workers repaired an overpass. The truck’s yellow and red warning lights were on and flashing, as was a nearby flashing arrow sign.
Man Dies from Electrocution While Fixing Conveyor System
Auburndale, FL — A 33-year-old worker at a Florida distillery died Wednesday night while performing repairs on a conveyor belt system after he received an electric shock, the Associated Press and numerous local news organizations reported. Identified as Aaron Rowe, the worker was shocked as he worked to restore power to a conveyor belt’s motor at the Florida Caribbean Distillers production facility in Auburndale, FL, and was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead about an hour later, the Lakeland Ledger reported. Officials told the newspaper that although the man appeared to have shut off power to the conveyor belt system, the motor was live and a lock out system to stop energy flowing to it was installed on an incorrect circuit breaker.
Man Dies, Struck by Roller
Everett, WA — Robert L. Fruhling was operating on a construction site a Compact Roller and fell from the operator’s seat and was struck by the roller. (Source: Washington L&I)
State trooper dies after two vehicle crash
FARMER CITY, Ill. (WRSP) — Illinois State Police Director Leo P. Schmitz says ISP Trooper Ryan Albin was tragically killed Wednesday while on patrol. The two-vehicle crash happened at approximately 3:10 p.m. on I-74 in Dewitt County. ISP says Trooper Albin’s squad car collided with a commercial vehicle near a construction zone.