Weekly Toll

I’ve been traveling for a few weeks, so this and next week’s list will be a bit longer than usual. How workers died: several public employees in states where there will be no investigations, falls, confined space, drowning, fire, animals, oil field, forklifts, shootings, vehicle incidents. On average, over 100 workers are killed every week in the United States due to traumatic injuries suffered at work. More than 20 times as many die from occupational diseases, many due to exposure to hazardous substances many years before they died. 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. Nevertheless the accounts below gave you a taste of the preventable carnage occurring in workplaces across the country every day.

2 men die after falling into manure tanker in Upstate NY

CLINTON, NY — Two men died after falling into a manure tanker in Upstate New York, police said. It happened just after 11 a.m. Thursday at a farm in the Central New York town of Kirkland, Oneida County. One of the men tried to retrieve a piece of equipment that had fallen into the tanker, the Kirkland Police Department said, according to WKTV. “He passed out and fell inside of the tanker,” and then the second man also passed out and fell in as he tried to help, police said. Other workers at Champion Farm called 911 and the men were taken to a hospital, where they were later pronounced dead.

Construction worker killed after accidentally driving Bobcat into pond, becoming trapped underneath

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A construction worker was killed Tuesday night after becoming trapped under a construction vehicle that was accidentally driven into a retention pond, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Around 7 p.m., construction crew members were working on leveling the ground at a clubhouse at the Glen Kernan Golf and Country Club on Glen Kernan Parkway. According to JSO, the man, believed to be between 20 to 25 years old, accidentally drove the Bobcat machine into the pond around the golf course and became trapped undeath it.

Accident at Hillsborough Wastewater Department led to worker’s death

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A Tampa Bay family is in mourning after their loved one died following an incident at the Hillsborough County Wastewater Department. The medical examiner’s initial summary report confirmed that Paul Hardy, 49, died due to an accident at work. His leg was crushed, resulting in a blood clot that proved to be fatal. Hardy, who worked at the Hillsborough County Wastewater Department for 20 years, was a beloved coworker, coach and father. According to the initial summary report, on Feb. 7, Hardy was pinned between a piece of equipment called a caddy, and a trailer, which crushed his leg. This required immediate surgery. On March 12, one month later, he died.

Texas Wingstop employee fatally shoots boss after getting sent home early amid dispute

Irving, TX — A Wingstop employee in Texas was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing his boss during an argument, police said. Marc Leon, 22, was taken into custody Monday night after Irving Police found Christopher Govea dead and another person wounded at the Wingstop on E. Irving Blvd. in Irving, Texas. Police were called to the restaurant around 7:30 p.m. Monday in response to the shooting, according to Fox 4. Leon reportedly ran from the restaurant following the shooting but was taken into custody within 10 minutes. A gun was also recovered by police.

Young man killed when scissor lift falls over in Middlebury

Middlebury, IN — Indiana and Elkhart County officials are investigating the work-related death of a man who was injured Saturday in Middlebury. On Saturday afternoon Middlebury Police say Deacon Dillenbeck was working up on a scissor lift for Elkhart-based Hoosier Crane Service Company when the lift was somehow turned over on its side. The incident happened at Clayton Homes in Middlebury. A police spokesman declined to elaborate, saying the department has turned the case over to the Elkhart County Metro Homicide Unit, which is protocol for violent deaths.

Convicted sex offender accused of killing probation officer in Chevy Chase arrested

CHEVY CHASE, Md. – Police have apprehended a registered sex offender accused of killing a Maryland Parole and Probation agent in Chevy Chase Friday. Emanuel Edward Sewell, 54, was taken into custody while traveling on I-64 near Hurricane, W. Va. He was wanted for the murder of 33-year-old Officer Davis Martinez. Montgomery County police say just before 6 p.m. on Friday, May 31, officers responded to a home in the 2800 block of Terrace Drive to conduct a welfare check after Martinez didn’t report back to the agency. When they arrived, they saw a state-issued vehicle belonging to the probation officer parked outside of the apartment complex. Upon further investigation, the agent was found inside of Sewell’s apartment with multiple injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.Though authorities did not specify exactly how Agent Martinez died, Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones said Martinez’s injuries included blunt force trauma.

Oil worker killed during storms in Simpson County

SIMPSON COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) – Wind shear related to Tuesday’s storms tipped a 55-foot tall mobile oil well tower in Simpson County, killing a man. Simpson County Sheriff Paul Mullins said the 911 call came in at 6:34 p.m. from Challenger Deepwell Servicing, a company that had been working the site at Hwy 28 and Mangum Garner Road. The 24-year-old worker had been attached by safety gear to the top of the tower, according to Coroner Terry Tutor. A supervisor had just instructed him to descend as a safety precaution, but before he could do so, the wind sent the structure onto its side. Sheriff deputies administered CPR until a Covington County EMS crew arrived and took over, according to Mullins. The victim, who is from Columbia, Mississippi, succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Tree Worker Killed When Extended Bucket Truck Overturns In Silver Spring

Silver Spring, MD — The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. on the 8900 block of Sudbury Road in Silver Spring, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Department said. The 60-year-old worker was pronounced dead at the scene, according to county police. The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) was notified, MCFRD said. No further details were released.

Tooele hazmat worker found dead after family member went to pick him up from work

TOOELE, Utah (ABC4) — A man was found dead in Tooele on Wednesday afternoon after emergency services received a call about cardiac arrest. The man was found by a family member who went to pick him up from work, officials said. That relative called emergency services just after 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon about the man’s cardiac arrest. That family member continued to perform CPR until the fire department arrived at the scene, but the man was pronounced dead after emergency personnel arrived, officials said. John Smith with the North Tooele Fire District told ABC4.com that the man worked for a company that handles hazardous materials, so hazmat crews responded to the scene. Officials said it is not clear if the man’s medical emergency was caused by the hazardous materials he worked with. Smith said that initial investigations revealed there were no obvious signs that led officials to believe hazardous materials were a factor. The identity of the man will not be released until family members have been contacted. Smith said the incident is now under investigation by the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office.

Employee killed outside Houston Farmers Market while confronting thieves

Houston, TX — A Houston Farmer’s Market worker was shot dead early Thursday morning after he attempted to stop two individuals from stealing a golf cart from the Airline Drive food mecca. Houston Police said the victim, who was in charge of checking in drivers making deliveries at the market just south of the 610 West Loop, caught the suspects on surveillance camera trying to steal a golf cart at about 4:15 a.m. When the victim confronted the two young men, a fight broke out and the victim was shot multiple times, according to HPD. When police responded to the shooting, they found at least two shell casings near where the victim was shot. They found the Farmer’s Market employee dead at the scene.

Two workers in Crystal Beach killed after woman veered off roadway

GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas – Two workers were killed Wednesday after a woman veered off the road in Galveston County. According to authorities, around 9:32 a.m. a 19-year-old was driving down Highway 87 at Surfside when for an unknown cause, she went off the roadway hitting two workers on the side of the road. Both were pronounced dead on the peninsula, officials report. They were working for a subcontractor team with Entergy but were not employees with the company. Sheriff Henry Trochesset says Alexis Torres, 52, and Hrishikesh Mogue, 48, died in the collision Wednesday morning off Highway 87 in Crystal Beach.

Worker who died after incident at industrial site in Batson has been identified

BATSON, Texas — The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office has identified the worker who died in the fatal industrial accident in Batson on Thursday. The worker has been identified as 23-year-old Kevin Allen Fregia, of Saratoga. Around 12:45 p.m. Hardin County Sheriff’s Office Investigators and Hardin County Constable Ross Jordan responded to 25375 FM Hwy 770, south of Batson, for an industrial accident. Deputies learned that several employees were working on oil field equipment when a piece of equipment fell from above and hit a worker, according to a HCSO news release. First responders attempted life saving measures at the scene but the worker died from his injuries, the release states.

Worker killed in Moana Lane industrial accident

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -One person died in an industrial accident Thursday on Moana Lane near Neil Road, the Reno Police Department said. It happened about 3:44 p.m. at a construction site at 1130 E. Moana Lane, police said. Details of what happened were not immediately available. Worker safety regulators are responding and will provide any further information, police said.

Construction worker killed after fall near UChicago Cancer Center ID’d, another hurt

CHICAGO, IL — An iron worker died after a scaffolding collapse at a Hyde Park hospital, the Chicago Fire Department said. The incident happened at the construction site for the University of Chicago Cancer Pavilion Project on Maryland Street near 57th Street around noon, Chicago fire officials said. Officials said two workers were on scaffolding for the elevator shaft construction when they believe high winds caused the scaffolding to collapse. The workers fell eight stories, through ground level pit, Chicago fire officials said. Wind gusts were upwards of 40 miles per hour on Thursday. The man who died was later identified as 27-year-old David O’Donnell of Oak Forest by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Witnesses said they saw the scaffold swaying. It was secured to the building after the incident.

70-year-old Cochran man dies at work, GBI investigating

COCHRAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A 70-year-old man died while working, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). Milton Mullis was hit by a piece of heavy equipment resulting in his death on Wednesday about 9:10 a.m. The death occurred at the Cochran Oil Mill and Ginnery located on the 100 block of E. Ash Street in Cochran. This investigation is active and ongoing. Once the investigation is complete, it will be given to the Oconee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.

Man killed in forklift accident in Pike County

PIKE COUNTY, Ohio — A man has been killed following a forklift accident in Pike County. According to initial reports, rescue crews were dispatched to the 5700 block of Lapparell Road at the Pike/Ross County line. Dispatchers said a man had been pinned between a forklift and a commercial vehicle. Multiple rescue crews both from Ross and Pike County were requested to the scene. A medical helicopter was initially requested. Just before 12 PM this afternoon, rescue crews confirmed that the individual had succumbed to their injuries. The exact circumstances surrounding the incident and the individual’s name have not been released at this time. The Guardian will continue to provide updates as new details are released.

Oil industry employee dies in workplace incident at Prudhoe Bay

Prudhoe Bay, AK — A worker was killed at a Prudhoe Bay facility on Wednesday, the second reported fatality in the North Slope oil industry in recent weeks, and the fourth in a little over a year’s time. The string of workplace deaths represent an unusually high number of fatalities in a relatively short period of time for oil field operations in the region, federal workplace safety records indicate. The name of the most recent victim has not been released. The employee worked for Chosen Construction, an oil field services provider with a shop in Deadhorse that was the site of the first in the series of fatalities, 14 months ago. Deadhorse is the industrial town serving the North Slope oil fields.

Sidney man identified as dump truck driver killed in Waterville crash

WATERVILLE, ME — Police have identified the man killed in Wednesday’s crash at Trafton and West River roads as Joshua Nelson, 35, of Sidney. Nelson died after the dump truck he was driving struck the driver’s side door of a Toyota Camry around 2:30 p.m., according to a statement Friday from Maj. Jason Longley of the Waterville Police Department. Police said the driver of the Camry, whose identity was not released because the person is a juvenile, was turning left from Trafton Road onto West River Road. Motorists wait to turn onto West River Road from Trafton Road. Skid marks and debris on West River Road indicate where two vehicles collided resulting in one death at that intersection on Wednesday, June 5. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel Both Nelson and the other driver were ejected from their vehicles on impact, police said. Nelson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Worker dies in fire at Caterpillar’s Mapleton foundry

Mapleton, IL – A worker died Thursday in a fire at Caterpillar’s Mapleton Foundry, which has been the scene of several dangerous and deadly incidents in recent years. The fire started about 5 p.m. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Daulton Simmers, 28, of West Peoria was killed. An autopsy on Simmers shows he suffered severe thermal burns throughout his entire body. Harwood says he likely died within a matter of seconds. When Peoria County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, the victim was already dead at the scene. The fire was put out by about 6:30 p.m. This death comes less than a year after a 25News report in which a Mapleton foundry employee said she feared for her safety in that building. The worker told her story in response to a duct fire on all three levels of the facility on Halloween of 2023. The worker, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed there were no sirens or warnings at the time of that fire. 25News records show other incidents in recent years. A 39-year-old man died after accidentally falling into a crucible in June of 2022. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, cited Caterpillar for failure to install guardrails and restraint systems. In December 2021, a contracted electrician died after falling 24 feet through a hole in the floor, however, that worker’ employer, Illinois Crane, received an OSHA citation. From previous reporting by 25News, OSHA has conducted multiple investigations at the Mapleton Foundry in the last five years.

Rural Mott man killed in grain bin entrapment

MOTT, N.D. (KXNET) — Around 4:30 P.M. Thursday afternoon, first responders and the Hettinger County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 67-year-old man trapped inside of a grain bin, northeast of Mott. First responders recovered him from the grain bin, but they say they couldn’t save him and he died. Hettinger County Sheriff Sarah Warner said that this incident shows the seriousness of the dangers that North Dakota farmers can encounter in their daily work.

Employee dies in machinery mishap at food processing plant

SAN ANTONIO, TX – A maintenance worker has died at Cuisine Solutions’ food processing facility after a tragic accident. According to police reports, the employee had been trapped by machinery. They were able to remove the employee, but they died at the scene. The accident happened around 10 a.m. this morning, at the food processing facility located near Goliad Rd and City Base Landing. First responders arrived to the 8300 block of Sous Vide Way just before 10 a.m., where they say they tried to revive the worker – later identified as 46-year-old David Mata – before he was pronounced dead. The Bexar County Medical Examiner found he died from blunt head and neck trauma.

Dexter man injured when logging truck rolls in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, Maine (WABI) – New information regarding a logging truck accident in Cambridge. According to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, 38-year old Joseph Hanscom of Dexter was driving the rig Wednesday morning around 10 a.m. He was headed south on Main Street when he lost control of the tractor trailer as he as approaching a bridge in the center of town. The truck full of logs, rolled onto its side. Hanscom was injured in the crash. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Authorities say alcohol was not a factor.

Disneyland employee dies after falling off moving golf cart at theme park

Anaheim, CA — A Disneyland employee died after she fell from a moving golf cart and hit her head at the theme park in Anaheim. The woman was identified as 60-year-old Bonnye Mavis Lear of Fullerton, according to Orange County coroner’s spokesperson Sgt. Frank Gonzalez. Authorities responded around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, to the area of West Ball Road and South West Street in Disneyland’s private Club 33 for a report of a crash. When police arrived at the scene, they discovered Lear fell off a moving golf cart and hit her head. She was taken to the hospital and died on Friday from her injuries, according to the Anaheim Police Department.

Bryce Canyon park ranger dies after tripping, falling while on-duty

GARFIELD COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) — A park ranger at Bryce Canyon National Park died from his injuries after tripping and falling while on-duty, according to the National Park Service. Tom Lorig, 78, was working during Bryce Canyon’s annual Astronomy Festival on the night of June 7. According to the National Park Service, Lorig was directing a visitor to a shuttle bus around 11:30 p.m. when he fell and “struck his head on a large rock.” The visitor informed a nearby law enforcement ranger after finding Lorig unresponsive, NPS said.

Employee dies after fall at Lancaster County hotel

Lancaster, PA — An employee died Sunday afternoon after falling in a maintenance zone at a Holiday Inn in Lancaster, city police said. A steel grate was removed for maintenance work before an employee fell through the exposed hole around 2:53 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on the first block of Chestnut Street, according to police. Police said Alexei Rodriguez-Balceiro, 42, of Lancaster was found unconscious after the fall and pronounced dead at the scene.

Woman dead after being attacked by cow at upstate NY farm

Lisbon, NY — A woman died this week after a cow charged at her at a northern New York farm, according to the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. Flor Lopez, 28, of Lisbon, St. Lawrence County, was tending to a newborn calf at Flack Farms in Lisbon when a nearby cow charged at her and struck her several times, deputies said. Lopez, a Flack Farm employee, was taken to Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, where she died from her injuries. Deputies are investigating the fatal incident and have requested an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Sheet metal falls on, kills 24-year-old employee in Warren

WARREN, Mich. (FOX 2) – A young man was killed after sheet metal fell on him as he worked at a manufacturing facility in Warren. Warren fire officials are labeling the incident, which took place Friday afternoon at DPR Manufacturing, as an “industrial accident.” The victim, 24-year-old Matthew McCoy of Warren, “was moving sheet metal with the use of a cart. While moving the sheet metal, the cart caught an uneven edge of a walking-working surface and tipped over onto” him, according to a report from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). McCoy worked at the facility for roughly four years, his sister, Jami Reiterman told FOX 2. The siblings lived together, and Reiterman played a significant role in raising her younger brother.

Truck driver killed in Edgemoor crash

Edgemoor, DE — The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash Monday morning, June 10, 2024, that closed the northbound lanes of I-495 in Edgemoor for seven hours. The collision between a tractor trailer cab and a car happened around 2:15 a.m. Investigators said the right side front of the car hit the left side rear tires of the truck, and sent the truck cab spinning off the roadway, into a guardrail and down an embankment. The truck was owned by the United States Postal Service (USPS). The driver, a 59-year old man from Yeadon, Pennsylvania, died at the scene.

Security guard shot to death near University of Illinois Chicago campus

CHICAGO, IL– Chicago police were on the scene of a deadly shooting early Monday morning collecting evidence, including more than one dozen shell casings in the street. The shooting happened in the 1400-block of South Morgan Street, right in front of the University of Illinois Chicago athletic fields, which were deserted when the crime took place. The Benford security company confirmed one of their employees, a 44-year-old security guard and father, Damien Nelson, who worked at BJ Wright Court apartments, a housing complex across the street, was the apparent target.

Community mourns loss of beloved Charles City County sergeant who died on the job

CHARLES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — 8News is learning more about a Charles City County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant who lost his life on the job on Sunday, June 9, while assisting a fellow deputy. 8News spoke with community members, including one who knew the sergeant for over a decade. Charles City residents told our team Monday that one could feel the sense of loss still rippling throughout the community. The tragedy unfolded Sunday near the intersection of John Tyler Memorial Highway and Wayside Road. According to the Charles City County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy had been assisting a seemingly distraught moped driver. The deputy noticed blood on the driver who stated that unnamed individuals were after him and trying to kill him, according to the sheriff’s office. Eventually, officials transferred the moped driver to the back of an ambulance, when he became combative – hitting a deputy, according to the sheriff’s office. Sgt. Miles arrived on the scene and jumped in to help break up the struggle, but – according to the Charles City County Sheriff’s Office – as a result of the encounter, Miles suffered a “medical emergency.” The Charles City native and Supervisor for the county’s Patrol and Animal Control division died at New Kent Medical Center

Valley police share further information on fatal I-85 crash

VALLEY, Ala. (WRBL) – Tragedy struck late Monday afternoon, June 10, along Interstate 85 after a crash claims the lives of two landscape workers and left another with significant injuries. The incident occurred around 5:30 PM near Mile Marker 74, where the crew was weed eating along the cable wire and were hit by a vehicle when it left the roadway. Police say Pablo Gutierrez Cruz, 44, and Lopez Perez were pronounced dead on the scene after being struck by a vehicle between the 74 and 75 mile markers of I-85. Rumaldo Lopez Perez was life flighted from the scene to Columbus. His condition is not known at this time. The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation. According to the Lee County Coroner’s Office, who responded to the crash for Chambers County, the workers were struck by a vehicle whose driver stayed at the scene following the crash. Police say the driver of that vehicle, Randall Shane Lankford, 44, of Valley, told officers he was in the left lane when a semi-truck to his right tried to merge into his lane. This led Lankford to lose control of his vehicle, according to police.

ODOT worker killed in Muskingum County

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — The Ohio Department of Transportation is mourning a worker killed on the job on Friday. ODOT said the worker, Marty Crane was killed on the job on SR-60 in Muskingum County on June 7 in what they have referred to as a tragic work zone incident. “Marty embodied excellence every day. His passion for his work was evident in everything he did,” ODOT District 5 Deputy Director Jason Sturgeon said in a media release, “and his dedication and positive attitude inspired everyone around him. He truly loved his job and approached each task with enthusiasm and integrity.” Crane began working for ODOT in 2009 as a highway technician in Perry County. In 2023, he was promoted to the role of project inspector in ODOT’s construction office. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating this incident as a crash. As it happened on an active work site, OSHA and the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation are also investigating.

26-year-old worker killed while installing internet in Fairview; OSHA investigating

ASHEVILLE, NC – A 26-year-old construction worker was killed June 10 while installing high-speed internet for a new housing area in Fairview, according to N.C. Highway Patrol. The worker, identified as Jesus Lopez Flores, 26, of Gainesville, Georgia, was operating construction equipment when he ran off the right of Fairview Forest Drive and fell down an embankment, according to First Sgt. Barry Burnette. “The general area of where this occurred is a pretty steep incline, very rural area, and the piece of equipment ran off the road to the right, overturned and the operator was found deceased,” Burnette said. N.C. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Division is investigating the fatality, according to spokesperson Erin Wilson.

Tragic Accident Claims Life of County Solid Waste Department Truck Driver

DeKalb County, TN — A tragic accident at the DeKalb County Solid Waste Transfer Station this morning (Monday) claimed the life of a county garbage truck driver there. 69-year-old Alvin Armour, a long-time solid waste department employee, died after he was accidentally struck and run over by another county garbage truck driver, 52-year-old Thomas Bowen of Murfreesboro. Officials say Bowen was lined up and parked behind another truck waiting to unload prior to the accident. Armour, who had just unloaded his truck, had parked and gotten out on foot. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Armour crossed in front of Bowen’s truck as he began to drive forward, and Bowen could not see him. Armour died at the scene.

Worker dies in construction accident at N.J. metal-polishing business, police say

Middlesex, NJ — A worker at a Middlesex County metal-polishing company died Tuesday morning in an accident involving a forklift, police said. Officers were called to Diamond Brite Metals on Cedar Avenue jesin Middlesex at 7:17 a.m. and found the worker, Jimmy Fernando Parrales Mora, 46, of North Plainfield, unresponsive at the site, according to a statement from the Middlesex Borough Police Department. Mora was pronounced dead at the scene. A metal beam had fallen and struck him while he was working, the department said. “The forklift was transporting the beam, and (Mora) was helping guide the beam,” Middlesex Borough Police Detective Sgt. Sean Flanagan told NJ Advance Media. “A strap that was holding the beam then broke, at which point the beam fell and struck (Mora).”

National park ranger dies during astronomy festival after falling on rock

Tom Lorig

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A national park ranger is dead in Nevada after he reportedly tripped and fell during an astronomy festival being held there Friday. According to the National Park Service, Tom Lorig, a ranger at Bryce Canyon National Park, was directing a visitor to a shuttle bus around 11:30 p.m. when he tripped and hit his head on a large rock. The visitor found him unresponsive and notified a nearby law enforcement ranger. National Park Service rangers, along with medically-trained bystanders and local EMS, worked to revive Lorig, but were unsuccessful.

Tow driver shot and killed while repossessing car in Richland County

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – The Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) arrested a man following a deadly shooting that investigators said was the result of a towing company repossessing a car. The shooting happened Wednesday morning in the 7200 block of Fairmont Road in Columbia. The victim was identified as Steven W. Hughes, 46, of Lexington, by Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford. According to RCSD, Hughes died following the shooting. According to a redacted incident report, a deputy responded to the scene and noticed a tow truck with its flashers on and the driver’s door open. The deputy said in the report they saw the driver’s door was shot several times and found the victim in the car. The report states deputies walked around the home after the victim was taken to the hospital and found a large amount of 9mm fired cartridge casings in the rear of the residence.

Worker found dead in tanker truck in Pasco

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash.-The death of a worker at the Two Rivers Grain Terminal in Pasco has been ruled accidental. The worker, 56-year-old Viktor Voloshin, was reportedly found dead inside a tanker truck by a co-worker around 5 p.m. on June 7. According to Franklin County Fire District 3 Chief Mike Harris, Voloshin was rinsing out an empty tanker that contained residue of liquid sulfur. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office investigated Voloshin’s death and determined that it was accidental and any foul play has been ruled out. The official cause of death is s

Construction worker dies after being hit by driver speeding through work zone, police say

HARTFORD, Conn. (WFSB/Gray News) – Connecticut authorities say a construction worker has died after he was hit and killed by a speeding driver while they were working on Wednesday. Hartford police said they were called about a crash that occurred at the intersection of West Boulevard and South Whitney Street where work was being done on a Metropolitan District Commission project. Police said the worker, later identified as 54-year-old Jose Diaz-Nieves, was hit and killed by a vehicle that was traveling at a high rate of speed through the construction zone. Hartford police said the driver of the vehicle, 25-year-old Tommy Nguyen, was taken into custody at the scene after his car became disabled.

Zanesville City employee dies after experiencing chest pains

ZANESVILLE, OH − Zanesville city employee Ronnie Grant died late Monday morning at Genesis Healthcare after experiencing chest pain while working a job on Thurman Avenue, according to Matt Schley, Zanesville’s Community Development director, and Grant’s supervisor. “I met with him (Monday morning) bright and early,” said Schley, who described Grant as a very good friend as well as his employee. “I didn’t know that was the last time we’d ever do that.” Grant, the city’s weed and litter supervisor, was sent with a crew to Thurman Avenue, where he was taking photos of a house that was being boarded up. “There was no physical exertion at all,” said Schley. Shortly after 10 a.m., a city employee called 911 when Grant began experiencing chest pains, according to Schley, who added that Grant got into the ambulance on his own volition.

One killed, multiple people injured after semi crash on I-75

MONROE CO., Mich. (WTVG) – A man is dead and four people were injured from an overnight semi crash on I-75. Michigan State Police say a semi was heading south on I-75 in Monroe County just before 4:30 a.m. when the driver lost control just north of South Otter Creek Road (exit 9) and hit the right-side cement barricades. The truck then crossed back over the freeway, hitting the median barricades. It broke through the barrier wall and entered the northbound lanes, hitting three vehicles. MSP says the driver of the semi, a 47-year-old man from Belleville, died at the scene.

Plaquemines Parish government worker killed in lawn mower accident, death under investigation

PLAQUEMINES PARISH, La. — The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a parish worker. On Tuesday, Rene Ancar was operating a zero-turn lawn mower in Buras on Highway 11 when he died in the accident, according to the parish president’s office. Ancar worked on the parish maintenance team for many years. The sheriff’s office said his death was under investigation, but that foul play is not suspected. Parish President Keith Hinkley described Ancar as a dedicated team member.

A Down East man died during a road construction project

Perry, ME — The death of a Perry man during a local road construction project is being investigated for possible workplace safety violations, according to a law enforcement official. Jeffrey Stanhope, 55, died on May 20 when a ditch suddenly collapsed as road crews worked to replace a culvert on South Meadow Road, according to the weekly Calais Advertister newspaper. The incident is being investigated by state officials for possible workplace safety violations, according to Michael Crabtree, chief deputy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.


Atchison, KS — –The investigation into this week’s industrial accident-related death of an Atchison man is continuing, with the company, where Gerald Weidler worked, issuing a statement regarding what they call “a tragic incident” that claimed the life of the 30-year-old. Weidler died Monday while at work at Atchison Tubular Services, located at the Shannon Industrial Park, 3-miles west of Atchison. Atchison Police Chief Mike Wilson, following what the company calls “the untimely death of one of [their] valued employees,” told MSC Radio News Weidler “was working on what is known as a pipe trimmer machine” at the time of his death.

LaCrosse volunteer firefighter dies in line of duty

LACROSSE, Ind. (WNDU) – A fire department in LaPorte County is mourning the passing of one of its own in the line of duty. The LaCrosse Volunteer Fire Department says Ken Caldwell unexpectedly passed away last Thursday, June 6, just hours after responding to a brush fire as the tanker operator. The department says Caldwell’s death will be classified as a line of duty death, and he will receive the highest of honors bestowed to a firefighter in service to his community.

Ariz. officer dies from injuries following on-duty incident

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A detective with the Scottsdale Police Department has died following an on-duty incident, according to the department. Around 7:30 p.m. on June 13, the Scottsdale Police Department received a call that one of their officers was in need of emergency assistance near the airport, Scottsdale Police Assistant Chief Rich Slavin said during a news conference. The officer, identified as Detective Ryan So, was transported to a hospital where he died from his on-duty related injuries, Slavin said.

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