weekly toll

Yet another trench collapse, preventable falls, oilfield explosion and workers killed unjamming machinery. Two weeks of workplace death. On average, almost 100 workers are killed every week in the United States due to traumatic injuries suffered at work. Over 20 times as many die from occupational diseases, many due to exposure to hazardous substances many years before they died, or from COVID-19 acquired at work. The few narratives below (gathered from almost 100 Google News searches) do not come close to capturing the full toll that work takes on the working people of this country — even in normal years, much less during the COVID pandemic. Nevertheless the accounts below gave you a taste of the preventable carnage occurring in workplaces across the country every day.

Window washer killed during fall inside JFK Library in Dorchester

BOSTON, MA — A window washer died from injuries sustained in a fall Wednesday morning while working at the JFK Library in Boston. Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden said the worker, Robert Melo Jr., 50, a former longtime Norton resident, fell between five and seven stories on Wednesday, the Suffolk County district attorney’s office confirmed Friday. fell approximately 5 to 7 stories inside the building, which features a cavernous indoor contemplation pavilion enclosed by glass and steel. Boston police said the incident at the library on Columbia Point was reported at approximately 10:32 a.m. Arriving officers found a man who had suffered a traumatic injury, and he was declared dead on the scene.

Oilfield explosion that killed man, injured 2 others still under investigation

Ross, North Dakota — A 37-year-old Kansas man severely burned in an oilfield rig explosion in western North Dakota died 13 days later, according to authorities. Oscar Gandara, of Liberal, Kansas, died Sept. 15. He was one of three men injured in the explosion near Ross, about 60 miles northeast of Williston. The Mountrail County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the scene at about 8:40 p.m. on Sept. 2, with a call saying that “there were multiple people on fire,” according to the police report. When the officer arrived, she made contact with the crew and saw the injuries of Gandara and his two co-workers — Ramiro Contreras Lopez and Jose Gonzalez. Shortly after, ambulance and fire crews arrived and the three men were transported to a Stanley medical center, according to the sheriff’s office. The crew members were then taken to a burn center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Regions Hospital Burn Center on Tuesday reported Gonzalez’s condition as fair and Contreras Lopez’s condition as critical.

Worker killed in industrial accident at Tiverton business

TIVERTON, R.I. (WJAR) — A Providence man was killed in an industrial accident Friday morning at Tiverton Materials. Police said he fell into the machine and was pulled out by his co-workers. Authorities identified the man as 29-year-old Selvin Martin Ovanda Gamez of Providence. They said the machine is about 8 by 10 feet tall and wide and is used to separate sand from gravel. The co-workers who pulled Gamez out allegedly called 9-1-1. “They did heroic efforts trying to save his life,” explained Captain Michael Miguel with Tiverton Police Department. “They had to unbolt pieces of equipment, I think they used a backhoe to pull a piece of equipment off, they did everything they could to get him out of there.” When Tiverton police and fire personnel arrived, Gamez was out of the machine, but unresponsive. Authorities began CPR and then transported the man to St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River where he was pronounced dead.

Brownstown Man Killed In Trench Collapse Monday In Centralia

Centralia, IL-(Vandalia Radio)- A Brownstown man was killed in a trench collapse in Centralia on Monday morning. Southernillinoisnow.com reports that Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon announced 54 year old Darrell McCammack died during a Monday morning trench collapse in Centralia. Reports say McCammack was covered with dirt when one wall of the trench collapsed. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The trench collapse occurred at 10 am Monday.

Construction worker falls to death from Parkway East overpass after tractor-trailer hits bucket truck

PITTSBURGH PA — A construction worker fell to his death early Friday when the bucket truck he was working in was struck by a tractor-trailer on the Parkway East, authorities said. The man, identified by the medical examiner’ office as Derek Cronk, 41, of Bridgeport, Ohio, was in a bucket truck that was working in the left lane of Interstate 376 in South Oakland, according to state police. The bucket was extended out over the right lane. A tractor-trailer hit the bottom of the bucket truck shortly after 3 a.m., police said, which caused the bucket to spin on its axis. The worker was thrown from the bucket and fell over the overpass

22-year-old man dies in collapsed hole at Spring warehouse construction site

SPRING, Texas (KTRK) — A 22-year-old man died in what authorities call a “tragic accident” at a warehouse construction site off of the I-45 feeder road near the Grand Parkway in Spring. The industrial accident happened shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday. Authorities from the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office were called to investigate along with OSHA. The 22-year-old Hispanic man, whose name has not been publicly released, was found unresponsive inside a drilling hole and pronounced dead on the scene. Law enforcement believes he was killed by the drill bit. His grandfather was operating the drilling equipment at the time. Law enforcement said it is unclear how the young man wound up inside the hole. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration told ABC13 in a statement that the company involved is Groundhog Foundation Drilling. They are said to be a sub of subcontractor DMAC Construction, which general contractor Rosenberger Construction hired.

Tow truck driver killed while on the job in Long Island Expressway crash

QUEENS, N.Y. (PIX11) — A tow truck driver was killed in a car crash on the Long Island Expressway on Saturday, police said. Carlos Santiago, 47, was the tow truck driver was hooking up a disabled car on the westbound side of the LIE near 85th Street in Queens around 3:20 a.m. when two cars traveling westbound collided and then crashed into the tow truck and the car being towed, according to authorities. The tow truck driver was fatally struck in the crash. The 27-year-old driver of the car being towed was standing nearby during the crash and was struck by his own vehicle, officials said. He suffered lower leg injuries. Police described his condition as stable.

Tow Truck Driver Hit, Killed on Turnpike Near Plantation

Plantation, FL — The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash Saturday morning that left a tow truck driver dead in Plantation. Darryl Brooks, 22, was killed just after 5 a.m. Saturday in the northbound lanes of the Turnpike near Sunrise Boulevard in Plantation. According to FHP, a tow truck had arrived to help a disabled vehicle early Saturday morning when a 42-year-old Margate man drove his 2002 Ford 250 on the outside lane and plowed into the tow truck. FHP reported that the driver veered off the roadway, entered the paved right shoulder and hit the tow truck pushing it into the disabled vehicle and another car. The tow truck driver, who was outside of the vehicle at the time of the crash, was injured and taken to Broward General where he was pronounced dead.

Man dies in fall at grain facility

ENID, Okla. — Local authorities are investigating a fatal incident that occurred at Archer-Daniels-Midland Grain Company in Enid on Thursday morning. According to Enid Police Department, first responders were dispatched at 11:19 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to the ADM facility, 2502 N. 16th, in reference to a fall with injuries. EPD confirmed that 38-year-old Dustin Cain Buffalo died and that next-of-kin had been notified.

Man, 34, charged with murder in Michigan hotel shooting that left worker dead

DEARBORN, Mich. — A man accused of killing a suburban Detroit hotel employee and barricading himself in a room for hours was charged Sunday with murder and other crimes. He is accused of fatally shooting a 55-year-old employee on the third floor of a Hampton Inn in Dearborn, Michigan. Williams-Lewis also shot at another employee Thursday, striking an office door on the first floor, and pointed a rifle at a guest and another worker, according to the prosecutor’s office. In court, police said the incident began when Williams-Lewis was confronted by staff for being loud and disturbing other guests. Williams-Lewis, who was told to leave the hotel, fatally shot an employee who rode an elevator to the third floor to check his co-workers, said Cpl. Nicholas Damphousse.

Sedgwick County deputy killed in car crash

Maize, KS — A Sedgwick County deputy headed to a disturbance was killed when they collided with another vehicle Friday night near Maize, sheriff Jeff Easter said. The other driver was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Easter told media during a news briefing Friday night. The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that 22-year-old Sidnee Carter died in the crash.

Man working at Grafton gravel mine killed by falling equipment

GRAFTON, NY — A man working at a local gravel business died Saturday after a piece of equipment hit him, State Police said. Troopers were called to R.J. Valente Gravel on State Route 2 at 8:13 a.m. to investigate a report of an industrial accident. They said their initial investigation found Darren J. Miller, 35, of Poestenkill died after a piece of equipment fell and hit him. Miller died at the scene. State Police said they were aided at the scene by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Grafton Fire Department.

OSHA investigating after worker dies in accident at Hatfield plant

Hatfield, PA — The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating after a Michigan man working on tearing down the old Hatfield Ferry’s Power Station died last week following an accident on the job. According to Greene County Emergency Management, an ambulance was dispatched to the plant in Monongahela Township at about 8:30 a.m. Sept. 28. Cody James Hatt, 29, of Carrollton, Mich., was transported by ambulance to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., about 20 minutes later. According to emergency management, he was suffering from a “traumatic injury,” but more specific information on the injury was not immediately available. According to Hatt’s obituary, he was was an employee of North American Dismantling Corp. (NADC), the contractor currently working on the demolition of the structure.

Kiewiet Worker Dies After Fall In Ingleside

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A man who died after falling off an oil rig into the water below has been identified by San Patricio County authorities. Ricardo Jazael Loredo Padron, 29, from Aransas Pass, died in the accident over the weekend, according to San Patricio County Sheriff Oscar Rivera.It was Saturday, Oct. 1, when authorities received the report of the missing Kiewit oil rig worker after a man fell into the water and never resurfaced. The incident occurred on a rig that was moored at the Kiewit bulkheads inside the La Quinta ship channel near Ingleside. The Aransas Pass Police Marine Division along with the Ingleside Police Dept. and the US Coast Guard assisted in a search and rescue operation with hopes of finding the missing worker. At 5:30 p.m, the man’s body was found by marine teams, who utilized a side scan sonar system which gave rescuers a visual representation of what lied on the sea floor. Despite wearing all appropriate safety equipment, the man was pronounced dead. His inflatable PFD failed to deploy, officials said, which likely contributed to his death. According to Crónica sources, Ricardo fell more than 20 feet from the top of the scaffold and hit his head on the barge before landing in the Corpus Christi Bay. Ricardo’s body disappeared underneath the offshore rig in a high current.

Semi-truck driver killed after being hit by a car on I-17 in north Phoenix

PHOENIX, AZ — The Arizona Department of Public Safety is investigating a deadly crash on Interstate 17 near Happy Valley Road in north Phoenix Friday morning. According to DPS spokesperson Bart Graves, a semi-truck driver had pulled off the side of the road, just north of the exit, when a passing pick-up truck struck him. Investigators believe he was trying to secure his load. Authorities arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene. His name has not yet been released.

Chattanooga Truck Driver Killed In Head On Truck Collision On I-59 Near Birmingham

Chattanooga, TN — A Chattanooga truck driver was killed in what his mother described as “a horrific wreck” near Birmingham, Ala., early Wednesday morning. The victim was Sean David McKnight, 29, who was driving a 2022 International box truck.

Construction worker struck, killed in hit-and-run

CASS COUNTY, Mo. — A construction worker was killed overnight in Cass County in a hit-and-run northbound on I-49 Highway. According to Missouri State Highways Patrol, a 2010 Ford F-150 was traveling northbound in a construction zone and struck the worker. The driver fled the scene on foot and the driver has not been identified. The crash occurred around 1:30 a.m. The construction worker has been identified as 35-year-old Jonathan Wilson of Kansas City, Missouri. Wilson was pronounced dead on the scene at 1:58 a.m. by Western Peculiar Fire Protection District Captain.

Highland Park liquor store worker dies after he’s attacked with scooter while trying to stop robbery

HIGHLAND PARK, LOS ANGELES, CA — A Highland Park liquor store worker was hit in the head with a scooter and later died after he tried to stop a group of teenagers from stealing beer, police said. Los Angeles police say officers responded to an attack that happened just before 7 p.m. Thursday at Tony’s Market near the intersection of Figueroa Street and E. Avenue 40. The victim, identified as 69-year-old Steven Reyes, tried to stop four teenagers from shoplifting and taking a case of beer. LAPD said Reyes ran after the group when one of the suspects grabbed a scooter and struck him in the head. Reyes was hospitalized and later died.

Fatal stabbing of shop owner in LA’s Fashion District prompts calls for increased police presence

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, CA — Community leaders gathered in the downtown Los Angeles Fashion District Thursday to call on police to step up patrols in the area in response to the broad-daylight fatal stabbing of a business owner. Du Young Lee, 56, was fatally stabbed Saturday near Olympic Boulevard and Wall Street, near the wig shop he ran for almost two decades. “[Lee] was a righteous, honest, hard-working man,” said a man who knew him. “He worked seven days a week. Never took a day off.” Witnesses said two 17-year-olds tried to steal a wig from the store, but Lee chased and confronted them, leading to the stabbing.

Tow truck driver killed in crash with train in South Carolina

RAVENEL, S.C. (WCBD) — A tow truck driver was killed Tuesday afternoon in a crash with a freight train in Ravenel, authorities said. The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash, which happened just before 4:30 p.m. near Salters Hill Road and Drayton Street. Officials said a flatbed tow truck tried to go around railroad crossing arms and was hit by a CSX train headed north. The crash pushed the truck on the tracks for nearly a half-mile. The truck driver, 52 year-old Kevin Scott,  was alone in the vehicle and was removed after deputies and rescue crews reached the front of the train. Scott was pronounced dead at the Medical University of South Carolina.

University of Arizona professor shot, killed by former student, authorities say

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD/Gray News) – A suspect is in custody after a University of Arizona professor was fatally shot on campus Wednesday University President Robert Robbins identified the victim as Thomas Meixner, professor and department head of the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences. Meixner was shot at the John W. Harshbarger Building and taken to Banner University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Police identified the shooting suspect as 46-year-old Murad Can Dervish, a former graduate student. Officers said they got a call shortly before 2 p.m. from someone who reported that Dervish was in the building despite previously being barred. The caller asked campus police to send officers to remove him. Dervish was arrested by the Arizona Department of Public Safety during a traffic stop in Gila Bend, which is about120 miles from Tucson.

2 firefighters die in crash while returning to station, officials say

AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA/Gray News) – A Texas community is mourning the loss of two volunteer firefighters who died in a crash with a tractor-trailer. According to an announcement from the Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department, 19-year-old firefighter Brendan Torres and 51-year-old Fire Chief Curtis Brown were involved in a crash late Tuesday night while returning from a call. KFDA reports that authorities responded to a call about a head-on collision involving a vehicle with the Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department and a tractor-trailer. Troopers said the truck appeared to be traveling northeast when the driver tried to pass another vehicle before it struck the fire department’s vehicle head-on.

Service announced for fallen Nebraska firefighter Mike Moody

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Details of fallen firefighter Mike Moody’s funeral were announced Wednesday. Moody, assistant chief of the Purdum Volunteer Fire Department, died Sunday after suffering a medical emergency while fighting the Bovee Fire. He was 59.

Employee dies at MUSC facility in Charleston

Charleston, SC — An employee died Sept. 30 at a Medical University of South Carolina Health facility in Charleston, but the name and cause have not been released by the university. The death was not directly related to Hurricane Ian, which hit near Charleston the same day, spokeswoman Heather Woolwine said. A Charleston Police Department Incident Report said officers were called around 8:30 p.m. to the MUSC Health Ashley River Tower at 25 Courtenay Drive “in reference to a deceased employee.” It was at least the second employee death at MUSC in less than three months. Jeremiah Wiggins, 41, was electrocuted July 8 while working on an electrical panel at a research building at MUSC, according to previous reports. He had been a 10-year employee.

Inmate litter crew worker killed in crash on I-75 in Montgomery County is ID’d

Montgomery County, OH — A Montgomery County Jail inmate working a litter clean-up project is dead after being involved in a chain-reaction crash on southbound I-75 in Montgomery County Monday morning, Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck said. The inmate was identified Monday night at 52-year-old Tim Tufano, his son Andrew told News Center 7′s Molly Koweek in an interview from his home. At a news conference Monday afternoon, Sheriff Streck confirmed the inmate, who at that time had not been identified by name, was killed in the crash on southbound I-75 between Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Springboro Pike about 11 a.m. The highway reopened about 4:30 p.m. The crash occurred when a box truck hit the back of the marked sheriff’s office van, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol Staff Lt. Geoff Freeman. The van was pulled over on the right side of the road with its lights on.

Deputy, 21, was shot accidentally by fellow deputy while serving a warrant in Polk City

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — 21-year-old Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Sheriff Blane Lane has died after an early-morning shooting Tuesday. He was shot accidentally by fellow deputy while serving a warrant in Polk City. The shooting happened as four deputies were serving a warrant at a mobile home, Judd said. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a tip that 46-year-old Cheryl Lynn Williams, who had an outstanding felony warrant for failure to appear on a possession of methamphetamine charge, was at 4345 Foxtown South, officials said. “The deputies responded to a failure to appear on a felony meth warrant,” Judd said. “The deputies entered the trailer successfully. Shots were fired and ultimately one of our very young deputies died at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.”

Shawnee Police identify truck driver killed in crash on I-435

Shawnee, KS — Shawnee Police have identified the truck driver killed in a crash Friday afternoon on I-435 as Cheryl Wilson of Holden, Mo. The Shawnee Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit is investigating after a tractor-trailer driver was killed in a crash on Interstate 435 Friday afternoon. Officers arrived to report a tractor-trailer dump truck on its side and a pickup truck in the ditch just south of the Renner Road bridge. “Upon arrival, officers discovered a southbound semi-dump truck had left the road after striking an unoccupied pickup truck that had been left abandoned on the shoulder of the highway,” Shawnee Police Department spokesperson Major Jim Baker said in a news release. “The driver of the commercial dump truck was ejected and sustained fatal injuries.”

Heath police identify Newark man in fatal workplace accident

Heath, NJ — Around 4 a.m. Thursday, Heath fire was called to Samuel Packaging Systems Group after a man had become entangled into a machine, Heath Fire Chief Warren McCord told The Advocate on Thursday. The man was identified through a Heath police report as 42-year-old Billy Joe Craig, of Newark. According to McCord, his crews were able to get Craig out of the machine once they arrived on scene. They performed CPR, but their efforts were unsuccessful and Craig was pronounced deceased on scene. According to a Heath police incident report, an officer observed a roll of blue tape in a gap in the machine at Samuel Packaging Systems Group where Craig was working. The investigator reported video footage from surveillance cameras showed three employees, including Craig, in the area where the incident occurred. The officer reported Craig is seen reaching for something atop the machine, then stepping back and looking into an area where the officer saw the blue tape. “A large ram pushed a bale of straps on steel drum away from the machine,” the officer reported viewing on video footage. He said the video shows Craig crawling into the machine in the path of the ram which was returning to its starting position.

Man trapped, killed by construction equipment at Central Hardin HS

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WAVE) – Police confirmed a workplace accident that killed a man at an active construction site at Central Hardin High School on Thursday. Elizabethtown Police spokesman Chris Denham said calls came in around 7:20 a.m. on Thursday to the high school. The incident occurred at an active construction site within the school where it was being remodeled. Police said a man was trapped by construction equipment. When officials arrived, the man was removed and taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

TDOT worker hit and killed on Memphis interstate

Memphis, TN — A man who worked for the Tennessee Department of Transportation died after being hit by a vehicle on I-55, according to TDOT. Memphis Police said the crash happened around 1 p.m. in the northbound lanes of I-55 near I-240. When authorities arrived, that Trent Johnson was already dead, police said. TDOT says the employee was inspecting the bridge when an oncoming vehicle hit him.

Another employee killed at Perdue Chicken facility in Prince George County

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A man was killed in an accident at a Perdue Chicken facility in Prince George County, according to authorities. “At this time, we are investigating the incident and working with Perdue regarding the release of information,” said Alexis Grochmal, a spokesperson for Prince George Police Department. This is the second reported death at the facility this year. A forklift operator was killed in May when a heavy object fell on him at work.

Worker dies after being hit by semi at loading dock in northern Kentucky

FLORENCE, Ky. — A man is dead after he was hit by a semitrailer in a parking lot in northern Kentucky Wednesday. It happened around 2:55 p.m. when officers responded to the 7900 block of Foundation Drive for a person not breathing. When they got to the scene, they found a dock worker had been struck in the parking lot by a semitrailer. An initial investigation found the semitrailer was backing up to a parked trailer at a loading dock when the worker was struck. The worker was pronounced dead at the scene. He has been identified as 58-year-old David Poe from Independence, Kentucky. Poe was an employee of GXO Logistics.

Memphis: One roofer killed, another injured when driver plows into job site

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Friends are raising money for the family of a Honduran man killed on a construction site on White Station Road in East Memphis Thursday afternoon. Chris Whitten said Elvin Nunez was unloading materials in the driveway of a house at White Station and Sequoia when a driver jumped the curb, killing Elvin and seriously injuring Elvin’s brother. “The driver missed the guardrail, a light pole, a tree, and went straight through the yard and struck him,” said Whitten. “Elvin and his brother, Roberto, were hit. I don’t think they ever had a chance to move out of the way.” Witnesses said the female driver was traveling at a high rate of speed when she lost control of her vehicle and said she also appeared to be impaired.

Worker Dies in Industrial Accident at Western Nevada Materials

Spanish Springs, NV — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an industrial accident with injury at Western Nevada Materials in Spanish Springs. When deputies got there, they began to perform life saving measures on an individual. An investigation is ongoing and being led by the Mine Safety & Health Administration and the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Store clerk dies after customer finds him hurt

Greenville, NC — A convenience store clerk died after a customer found him hurt, sparking a search for clues in North Carolina, officials said. The customer was visiting Amigos Tobacco Shop in Greenville and discovered a worker with serious injuries, officers said. The worker was taken to a hospital, where he died, according to the Greenville Police Department. The clerk was identified in a Sept. 27 news release as 44-year-old Zahran Jaghama.

Worker who died at downtown St. Paul construction site identified as 61-year-old from Stillwater

St. Paul, MN — Police identified a man Thursday who died at a downtown St. Paul construction site as a 61-year-old from Stillwater. The driver of a work truck struck Peter M. Davis at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday near Wabasha and Seventh streets, according to police. Davis was working at a roadwork construction site. Davis retired from St. Paul Regional Water Services at the end of July after a 44-year career with the department; he most recently was a distribution field supervisor. It wasn’t immediately known what company he was working for Wednesday.

EMS worker fatally stabbed in ‘unprovoked’ Queens attack

Queens, NY — A veteran emergency medical worker died Thursday afternoon after being stabbed outside an EMS station in Queens, police said. The victim was identified as 61-year-old Lieutenant Alison Russo-Elling, a 25-year veteran. She was “stabbed multiple times in a barbaric and completely unprovoked attack,” Acting Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said during a news conference at Mount Sinai Queens hospital on Thursday evening. Russo-Elling’s death marks the first on-duty death of an EMT in five years, an FDNY official confirmed. NYPD Chief James Essig said the attack occurred at 2:15 p.m. outside an Astoria EMS station on the corner of 20th Avenue and 41st Street. Russo-Elling had walked a half-block away from the station when she was approached by a man wielding a knife and stabbed numerous times across her body, authorities said.

Yakima police continue investigation after security guard killed outside bar

Yakima, WA — Jose Sanchez was a man who loved his family and would help anyone who needed it, a family member said. “He was the kind of person who, if he sees you on the side of the road, would pull over,” said one of his cousins, who asked that his name not be used for fear of retaliation. Sanchez, 26, of Tieton was shot to death Sept. 15, outside El Asadero Bar & Grill, where he worked as a security guard, according to police. Two suspects were initially arrested, but police released them, citing evidence that suggested it was an act of self-defense. Police were called to the bar in the 1100 block of South Third Street around 11:15 p.m. for a fight and found Sanchez outside the bar with gunshot wounds. He was taken to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police. Sanchez died from gunshot wounds to his torso, Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice said, and his death is deemed a homicide.

Alvin volunteer firefighter dies in line of duty, fire department says

ALVIN, Texas — A firefighter with the Alvin Volunteer Fire Department died in the line of duty after responding to a structure fire on Friday, the department said. AVFD said Captain Charles D. Krampota worked with Alvin ISD for more than 30 years and was a member of the Alvin Volunteer Fire Department for more than 20 years. Officials said Krampota had responded to a mobile home that had completely gone up in flames on Friday. Fortunately, there were no residents at the home at the time of the fire, according to AVFD.
Hours after the fire had been extinguished and the firefighters had left the scene, officials said Krampota was found dead in his home.

Bethany Christian Schools staff member dies after getting hit by vehicle in school’s parking lot

GOSHEN, Ind. (WNDU) – A Bethany Christian Schools staff member died after he was hit by a vehicle in the school’s parking lot Monday morning. Police were called just before 8:20 a.m. to Bethany Christian Schools, located at 2904 S. Main Street, on reports of a crash involving a pedestrian and a vehicle. When officers arrived, they found a 65-year-old man with a head injury. The victim, identified as Peter Shetler of Goshen, was flown to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Traffic control worker killed in collision on SR-28

TRUCKEE, Calif. — California Highway Patrol officers responded to a fatal traffic collision Monday night involving an alleged intoxicated driver and a traffic control worker, CHP Truckee said in a press release posted to Facebook. According to the release, a man from Tahoma entered an active construction zone which was under one way traffic control. “As the driver of the black Subaru approached the intersection, he failed to observe a traffic control worker in the roadway, instructing traffic to move from the westbound lane to the eastbound lane,” the release stated. “Due to his level of intoxication, the driver of the black Subaru was unable to slow or avoid the highway worker standing in the roadway. The front of the black Subaru collided with the worker propelling the worker in a westerly direction on SR-28. The black Subaru continued westbound colliding with a dump truck and an excavator that were working at the job site.” The highway worker succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced dead on scene, the release stated.

A man was shot and killed outside his job at a convenience store in south Houston

Houston, TX — A 37-year-old man was shot and killed as he was leaving his job at an AM Mini Mart convenience store Tuesday night in the South Union area. The store employee, Yogesh Sharma, had closed the business for the night, according to a news release. The Houston Police Department said it is investigating if the man died as part of a store robbery or a car jacking. “Our deceased on the scene appears to work here, so we don’t know if he was closing up and being robbed or if it was a carjacking at this time,” said Lt. R. Willkens said. “But we have a lot of evidence on the scene.”

Truck Driver Killed in Fiery 18-Wheeler Crash on US-6 in Utah County, UT

Utah County, UT — September 26, 2022, a truck driver died in a fiery single-vehicle crash along U.S. Highway 6 in Utah County. Authorities say the incident happened early Monday along US-6 in Spanish Fork Canyon. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the truck was traveling along the roadway and entered a curved downhill grade, when it went out of control for unknown reasons. It crashed through a concrete barrier lining the road, slid along it for roughly 300 feet, then rolled down the embankment on the other side. At the bottom the truck’s cab and trailer caught fire. The truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tree-trimmer dies when limb falls in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A worker with a tree-trimming service died Tuesday when a large limb fell during a job, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said. The incident in the 3800 block of SW Scholls Ferry Road happened around 10:45 a.m., officials said. The worker died at the scene. No other information is available at this time.

Another tragic death at Stellantis Sterling Stamping

Detroit, MI — The tragic death last week of veteran electrician Thomas “Tank” McAuliffe, age 67, has shocked and saddened workers at the Stellantis Sterling Stamping Plant in suburban Detroit. The worker died September 30, reportedly after a fall from the plant roof. According to Facebook posts, McAuliffe was a well-liked and respected worker. His brother Jake McAuliffe worked on second shift at the plant as a welder. McAuliffe is survived by his wife Cathy and two children as well as several brothers and sisters. Workers at the plant were outraged that production continued without interruption after the death of McAuliffe. One worker said that rather than send workers home to allow them time to grieve, management had actually increased the speed of the production line. Workers say McAuliffe fell to his death from the roof of the plant, but many questions remain unanswered surrounding the circumstances. Why was McAuliffe on the roof, and how did he get access since the door to the roof should have been locked?

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