Sunday, August 14, 2005

Weekly Toll

Before starting this week's toll, I want to take a moment to mention that September 9 will mark the first anniversary of the death of Scott Heilert in a workplace incident. Scott's wife, Kelly, has put countless hours over the past few months into helping out with the grim work of the Weekly Toll. I hope you'll all join me in offering our prayers and best wishes to Kelly and their children, Dylon and Bailey. (More on Scott here and here.)

-- Jordan


Worker killed at construction site

Las Vegas, NV -- A 45-year-old construction worker was killed Wednesday when he was struck by an earth moving vehicle at a North Las Vegas construction site.

The worker, who was tentatively identified by other construction workers as Greg Andreoli, was killed about 11:30 a.m. at a construction site at McCarran Street and Rome Boulevard.

He was killed when the earth mover struck him, said Sean Walker, spokesman for North Las Vegas Police. Andreoli reportedly worked for Pipes Paving, a North Las Vegas-based heavy construction company.

Officer killed, assailant dead

A Pine Lake police officer was shot and killed Thursday after he stopped a car on Rockbridge Road.

Witnesses said officer Francis Ortega struggled with a man before he was shot in the head at point-blank range. DeKalb County Police spokesman Cory Hughes confirmed that Ortega had died.

The apparent gunman ran into a nearby post office. When DeKalb police SWAT team members later entered the post office, they found the man dead from a gunshot wound.

Worker Crushed To Death By Cargo Container

TACOMA, WA - An empty 4-ton shipping container fell from a ship Saturday afternoon, killing a port worker, authorities said.

Kim Miles, a 40-year-old Sumner woman, was walking along a dock Saturday afternoon when a crane knocked the empty container from a ship it was unloading, police said.

"For some reason, this crane at one point picked up a larger amount of containers than usual," Tacoma police spokeswoman Tracy Conaway said. "That knocked this lone one off the ship."

Miles was walking to a break with several co-workers when the container began falling. They shouted a warning, but she was unable to get out of the way, Conaway said.

Police said Miles died on impact at about 2:30 p.m. Police ruled the death accidental, but state and federal workplace safety officials were expected to investigate.

Conaway said Miles was a member of Local 23 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Construction Worker Dies On UNC Campus

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- A man died Saturday on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill while working on a construction project after a grader rolled over him.

Workers with Bailey Contracting said Charles Robertson, of Raleigh, was standing behind a motor grader when the grader backed up and rolled over him near the Cobb Residence Hall at about noon Saturday. The driver of the grader did not see Robertson, who died at the scene, investigators said.

A similar accident killed a soil inspector in the U.S. 1 and 64 work zone on August 3. Investigators said a grader somehow went into reverse and rolled on top of David Ryback, who died at the scene. The driver was not charged in the accident.

Driver Sought After Central Fla. Officer Killed In Crash

Police in New Smyrna, Fla., are searching Sunday for the driver of a pickup involved in a crash that killed an officer, according to Local 6 News. Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the driver of a white Ford 150 pickup swerved in front of New Smyrna officer Roy Nelson as he traveled on the South Causeway in New Smyrna Beach at about 11:45 p.m.

Worker electrocuted in Monument

An electrical worker in Monument died Friday morning at a job site. The man was working on an electrical box outside a home that is under construction on Buffalo Valley Path when he was electrocuted.

The unidentified man was 45 years old and an employee of First Rate Electrical for the last nine years. "As far as exactly what happened, we don't know," said Sgt. Steve Burk of the Monument Police Department. "At some point, somehow, he came in contact with an exposed wire."

Man dies after roof trusses collapse

GRAYLING, MI - State inspectors investigated a Grayling Township construction site where a 31-year-old Roscommon County man died after falling from the rafters.

Kristopher Ryan Vogt, 31, fell when a set of trusses collapsed Tuesday along West M-72 where the new DuBois Do-It-Best Lumber Company is being built.

Witnesses told police Vogt landed headfirst on a concrete surface. Crawford County sheriff Kirk Wakefield said one of the walls shifted and several men fell from the rafters. Only Vogt was seriously injured and unresponsive at the scene.

No safety harnesses, helmets or safety equipment were being used by workers in the construction area, according to the police report. Vogt was rushed to the local hospital and then airlifted to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, where he later died. He worked for a number of years for Ripke Construction Co. of Houghton Lake, which was hired to build the new hardware store and lumberyard.

Police: Motorist Shoots, Kills Road Worker, Injures Another

PAISLEY, Fla. -- An angry 66-year-old motorist shot and killed one road worker and wounded another after getting into an argument with them Friday in Paisley, according to police.

Detectives say several men were working on a road-widening project in Paisley, Fla., when a vehicle pulled up to the construction site and the driver opened fire.

Detectives said several men were working on a road-widening project in Paisley on state Road 439 when a vehicle pulled up to the construction site Friday. The man inside the vehicle allegedly harassed the construction crew.

Witnesses said the driver, who police believe was Gary Monroe, allegedly pulled out a gun and shot at the workers when he was asked to leave the site. Foster Lee "Pete" Maloy, 71, died in the shooting. Jeremy Evans, 32, was flown to Orlando Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the lung.

Man hurt on job dies unexpectedly

A Smithsburg man who was injured in a construction accident at a Rouzerville plant last week died unexpectedly Monday night when a blood clot traveled to his heart.

David P. "Weasel" Blickenstaff Sr., 58, of 11209 Crystal Falls Drive did not suffer life-threatening injuries when he fell from the roof of a modular home while working at Homes by Keystone, 13338 Midvale Road, at 1:40 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1.

He shattered both his wrists and suffered fractures to his nose, the bones underneath both eyes and other parts of his head, according to his family. His daughter, Bobbi-Jo Stine of Hagerstown, said Thursday he had tripped over plastic on the roof and fell face first off the modular home. Blickenstaff developed the blood clot after surgery to repair his wrist.

Crop-dusting helicopter crashes

LANCASTER -- A crop-dusting pilot was killed when his helicopter crashed into an onion field in east Lancaster.

The pilot died at the scene of the crash, which occurred just after 6 a.m. near Avenue I and 55th Street East. The Bell OH-58 came to rest on its side in a field just off a dirt road, behind a cluster of farm buildings.

"The pilot was doing some agricultural spraying when he crashed," FAA spokesman Donn Walker said.

Los Angeles County firefighters said the helicopter was carrying pesticide but that the crash caused no health hazard.

Killed was pilot Rick Manning, 49, of Bakersfield. The helicopter was owned by Delano-based San Joaquin Helicopters. Helicopter company employees at the scene said they were told not to talk about the crash.

Road worker crushed by steamroller

Deltona, FL -- A 41-year-old construction worker was crushed to death by a steamroller Thursday just after 6 p.m. as he worked on a project near State Road 44 outside DeLand, authorities said.

Ronald Lee Fox of Deltona was shoveling material from a bulldozer bucket onto the road's surface near S.R. 44 and Prevatt Avenue, Volusia County sheriff's officials said.

A steamroller was following Fox, but apparently the victim did not notice how close the equipment was. According to witnesses, Fox's feet got caught by the steamroller and he was trapped as it kept moving forward and crushed him against the bulldozer bucket, Sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haught said.

Haught said when the brakes are applied to a steamroller, the apparatus does not stop instantly, but comes to a halt a few seconds later.

"After it stops, it then rolls backward," Haught said.

Fourth farmworker dies

SACRAMENTO, CA – In the wake of a fourth farmworker death, the state has launched emergency regulations to protect outdoor workers from California’s extreme heat.

Constantino Cruz Hernandez was a 24-year-old farmworker who died July 31, 10 days after he collapsed while harvesting tomatoes in 100-degree weather in a field near Shafter.

Second Body Found in Collapsed Ky. Mine

CUMBERLAND, Ky -- Cadaver dogs helped locate the body of mine foreman Russell L. Cole, 39, of Partridge. He and Brandon Wilder, 23, were killed when a large section of mine roof collapsed without warning late Wednesday.

Wilder's body was recovered Thursday, but search teams were hindered by two more rock falls that injured two searchers during the search. Cole's body was recovered Sunday morning, according to a statement by the state Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.

The two miners were part of a crew of about eight who were retreat mining - a process of removing coal pillars that support the roof. Workers spent much of Saturday bracing the mine shaft by installing roof supports.

Four Kentucky miners, including Cole and Wilder, have been killed during retreat mining in the past 13 months, and a state official said an engineering firm would be hired to study its dangers.

Motor grader runs over, kills inspector on U.S. 1

Cary, NC -- An engineering inspector died Wednesday after being run over by construction equipment at a highway work site in Cary. David Ryback, 35, of Hope Mills died shortly before 5 p.m. in a construction area near the northbound lane of U.S. 1 near Tryon Road, said Susan Moran, spokeswoman for the town of Cary.

A motor grader ran over him.

Ryback worked for S & ME Inc., a local engineering firm contracted by the state transportation department to monitor soil testing, according to Moran and Bob Shultes, the engineer overseeing the widening and improvement project under way on U.S. 1 and 64.

Officer killed in Tenn. court shooting

KINGSTON, Tenn. -- An inmate considered "extremely violent" escaped yesterday after his wife fatally shot a guard who was escorting the shackled prisoner outside a courthouse, authorities said.

The bloody escape set off an extensive search for George and Jennifer Hyatte. Helicopters circled over this eastern Tennessee town, and schools, open for registration, were locked down.

Wayne "Cotton" Morgan, 56, a corrections officer who was not wearing a protective vest, died at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, about 30 miles east, said Lisa McNeal, a hospital spokeswoman. (Morgan was Secretary-Treasurer of AFSCME Local 2173)

Cargo plane pilot dies in pre-dawn crash

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- A twin-engine cargo plane that vanished from radar before dawn Thursday on approach to Centennial Airport crashed in rugged terrain, killing its pilot, rescue officials said.

Authorities believed only one person was on board, said Becky O'Guin, public information officer for the Parker Fire District. Authorities identified the pilot as Sam Hunter, of West Valley City, Utah.

The plane was registered to a Flight Line Inc., of Watkins. It had been flying from Salt Lake City to Centennial Airport, O'Guin said. The plane was carrying canceled checks, Lyon said.

Buried trucker dead after rescuers dig through hay in vain

OSHKOSH, WI, Rescuers dug for hours in vain to try to save a truck driver buried in hay after he crashed his semitrailer into a barn in Fond du Lac County on Tuesday. A back hoe was used to dig through thousands of pounds of hay after the accident on State Highway 26 near Rosendale around 1 p.m.

Three hours after the crash, rescuers reached the man (Daniel Smolen, 51, of Portage )but he was pronounced dead.

Explosion kills man at sinking boathouse;

PORT CLINTON, OH - A Walbridge man was killed and a Toledo man working with him was hurt yesterday when a plastic pipe they were filling with compressed air to raise a sunken corner of a boathouse at Yacht Port Beach near here exploded, authorities said. William J. Shank, 66, of 701 North Main St., Walbridge, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Detective Joe Vidal of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office. Joe A. Silas, 64, of 24 West Oakland St., was flown to Medical University of Ohio Medical Center for a cut on his leg, Detective Vidal said.

The two men were among a group of people trying to raise a corner of the boathouse that had begun to sink. The boathouse has a steel frame and sides, but has flotation material under the docks that supports the entire structure. Some of that flotation material apparently had begun to fail, the detective said.

The men were using the pipes - 13 feet long and 12 inches in diameter - to augment the flotation material and raise the sinking corner. The pipes had caps on either end, and the men were filling the pipes with air via hoses attached to the caps from an air compressor, the detective said.

Investigators determined that the compressor the men were using had 80 pounds of pressure in its air tank, but believe the men may have been trying to put a higher amount of pressure into the pipes.

Truck brakes suspect in accident

Floyd County, KY -- Floyd County authorities are trying to determine whether deficient truck brakes contributed to a fatal truck-train accident Wednesday afternoon.

Ronnie Thompson, 59, a truck driver for D. Andres Enterprises, died of blunt-trauma injuries and burns after a Norfolk Southern train struck his dump truck, which then caught fire. The accident occurred near the intersection of Corydon Pike and Highwater Road.

A state inspector found that the truck's brakes were in such poor condition that it would have been ordered off the road.

Floyd County police Officer Rodney Clark said investigators are still looking into other aspects of the accident, including the fact that Thompson's commercial driver's license restricted him to driving trucks with automatic transmissions. The truck he was driving Wednesday had a manual transmission.

Worker Killed Falling of Garbage Truck

Ossining, NY -- John Rodriguez, 24 was killed after falling off the back of a garbage truck. Rodriguez was a laborer for the Village of Ossining DPW. They were picking up garbage on a residential street and then turned around to head back. Halfway down the street, the other 2 employees noted that he was not on the truck anymore (riding on the back on the platform). Looking back, coworkers saw him lying in the road and bleeding profusely. They immediately called DPW crew and called an ambulance. The police were first on the scene and tried first aid. He was not breathing at the scene and was taken by ambulance to Phelps hospital immediately into the OR where he was pronounced dead.

Maintenance Worker Dies of Bee Sting

Lyon Mountain, NY -- Andrew Rock, age 43 was stung by a bee outside of the facility's maintenance garage yesterday morning while on duty. The garage is located on Lyon Mountain. After being stung by the bee, Rock went to his office inside the garage and used an epi-pen that he had in his desk. He informed one of the correction officers of the incident and asked the CO to get a second epi-pen because the first injection had no effect.

Meanwhile 911 was notified and an ambulance arrived shortly after to take Andrew to Plattsburgh Hospital. CPR was performed on Rock while on route to the hospital. Andrew was pronounced dead at the hospital from cardiac arrest .

Worker dies after trench collapses

Cincinnati, OH -- A trench collapse at a construction site in suburban Cincinnati left a worker from Brooksville dead Sunday. The worker, identified by the Hamilton County coroner's office as Timothy Roark was working in the trench near the 3700 block of East Galbraith Road in Deer Park before 9 a.m. The trench was about 30 feet deep, which prevented the trench box, designed to prevent collapses, from being effective, said Kevin Rogers, master chief for the Deer Park/Silverton Fire Department. "They had a trench box, but the hole was deeper than the box," he said.

State transportation worker killed in Lyon County

NEOSHO RAPIDS, Kan. - A state highway worker was killed Monday when a tractor-trailer hauling rock slammed into a state vehicle in Lyon County, authorities said. The Kansas Highway Patrol identified the victim as Richard Cunningham, 46, of Emporia. He and a co-worker were standing by a Kansas Department of Transportation dump truck on Kansas 130 when a northbound tractor-trailer hit it from behind. The dump truck was pushed into a ditch, pinning both men underneath.

Jack slips, car kills garage worker

ARCHBALD, NY — A 26-year-old Jessup man died Monday after a Chevrolet Cavalier he was working on slipped off a floor jack and fell on his chest. Archbald Police Chief Tim Trently said Peter Howey, of 122 Kinback St., was working underneath the car at Boccadori’s Service Station, 552 Main St. in Eynon, when the car fell from a hydraulic floor jack. Mr. Howey, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was likely killed instantly, said Deputy Lackawanna County Coroner Tim Rowland. An autopsy will be conducted today.

Tree-cutter falls to death in Milltown

Milltown, DE - A 40-year-old tree-cutter fell to his death Monday while cutting down a tree in the rear yard of a Milltown home. Authorities are withholding the victim's name pending notification of his family. County paramedic spokeswoman Sgt. Kelli Starr-Leach said when paramedics arrived at the home, in the 2700 block of E. Riding Drive in the Highlands of Heritage Park, they found the man sprawled on the ground next to a large tree and several large branches. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Man killed while setting up State Fair bumper car ride

Milwaukee, WI -A 50-year-old Texas man setting up a bumper car ride at the upcoming Wisconsin State Fair was killed Monday night when he fell from nearly 10 feet and hit the asphalt, said Kathleen O'Leary, the fair's director of marketing and communication. Dennis Mitchell, of Houston, had worked since November for Reed Expositions, one of two companies setting up the more than 60 rides at the fair, which opens Thursday. At 10:40 p.m., Mitchell and Ricky Bailey were constructing the roof framework of the Scooter, a bumper car ride, when the structure collapsed, O'Leary said. Both men fell, and Mitchell died at the scene as a result of a broken neck, a medical examiner's report found, said Tony Rossi, a safety inspector contracted by the ride companies.

Worker dies after foundry incident

DE PERE, WI — A worker died after being crushed between a crane and a roof beam at De Pere Foundry Inc. on Tuesday morning. Fire crews and police found the man, Harvey Ponozzo, 51, on an elevated crane when they arrived at the scene at 805 S. 6th St. and had to lower him to the ground. The man died after being transported to St. Vincent Hospital, according to De Pere police. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was contacted and brought into the investigation. The man’s name was not available Tuesday evening.

Manhole where worker died was low in oxygen

Heath, TX --Luis Martinez had taken about three steps up out of a 19-foot deep, 3-foot-wide manhole in Heath on Thursday when he told a co-worker he couldn't make it. "He just fell back unconscious into the hole," said Heath Public Safety Director Bruce Ure. Chief Ure said another worker tried to go down after the 37-year-old Dallas man but became lightheaded.

Metro bus pulling into parking bay kills 1 worker, seriously injures 2 others

Houston, TX -- A Metropolitan Transit Authority employee was killed and two others were seriously injured overnight when they were crushed between two buses inside a southeast Houston bus barn, authorities said. Myesha Thomas, a 33-year-old mother of two, was killed about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in a bus-washing bay at the Polk Street Transit Operations Facility, 5700 Polk St.

Tree worker's death under investigation

WINTER SPRINGS, FL -- Seminole County deputy sheriffs are investigating the death of a 25-year-old landscape worker pinned by a front-end loader while removing trees in the 1100 block of Oak Creek Court on Wednesday. The worker was identified as Jeffrey Atkins of Longwood, who worked for Orlando Scape and Sod. A co-worker got a neighbor's attention for help and called 911, Seminole sheriff's Lt. K.E. Starr said. The investigation will likely be turned over to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which investigates deaths and serious injuries at job sites.

Sewer worker dies at job

Dearborn, MI - A South Dearborn Regional Sewer District employee found dead Monday, Aug. 1, at the district’s Lawrenceburg wastewater treatment plant died of a heart attack, according to Lawrenceburg Police Detective Jeremy Shepherd. Robert “Bo” Kippler, a 13-year employee of the district, was found dead at 11:10 p.m. by a fellow employee, said SDRSD Superintendent Dennis Feichtner. Kippler, 38, Dillsboro, had taken on the 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift about two years ago because it meant a promotion, said Feichtner.

City worker dies after ship docks

Monterey,CA --The arrival of the Mexican navy's tall ship, the Cuauhtémoc, was marred Thursday morning by the death of a Monterey harbor worker. City representatives were preparing for the gangplank to be lowered when Jon Doubek, maintenance supervisor for the city's harbor division, collapsed on Municipal Wharf No. 2. Doctors from the ship rushed to Doubek's side to start resuscitation efforts. The medical staff was "amazingly fast," said Carl Anderson, director of public facilities for the city. "I just turned around... and the crew was there."

Police make arrest in fatal Laramie workplace shooting

LARAMIE, WY -- A Laramie man was arrested on a homicide charge after a construction worker was shot and killed at his job site. Aaron E. Smith, 31, was arrested at his home Thursday night, police said. He was being held in the Albany County Detention Center, pending his initial court appearance. Police said Henry McCone, 57, of Laramie, died from a gunshot wound to the head. Police Commander Dale Stalder said authorities received a call Thursday afternoon that a man had fallen off a ladder while working at an apartment complex. It wasn't until rescue workers arrived that they found McCone had been shot. McCone was taken to a hospital, but was pronounced dead.

DOT worker killed in Norwalk crash

NORWALK, Conn. -- A state Department of Transportation worker was killed Friday when he was struck by a limousine while placing cones to close a lane on Route 7, state police said. Robert Mugford Sr., 58, of Stratford, was killed in the crash shortly before 11 a.m. Mugford, a DOT worker for 12 years, was one of several state employees working in the left lane of the highway. The left northbound lane was closed to traffic. Mugford, who was on foot in front of an orange DOT truck, was placing additional orange cones on the road to extend the left lane closure pattern.

Pima deputy, 2 others die after hit by truck

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Pima County sheriff's deputy, Timothy Graham, a man he was trying to arrest and a good Samaritan, taxi driver, Dawud Abusida, trying to help were all killed Wednesday night when the three were struck by an oncoming truck.

The deaths occurred just before 8 p.m., when the deputy was called to a Circle K in response to a 911 caller who reported a "crazed man" at the store, said sheriff's Capt. Rick Kastigar.

Kastigar said the deputy was struggling with the man and managed to place a handcuff on one of his wrists when the man broke free and ran away.

The deputy gave chase, finally catching the suspect in a median, but the two began struggling again. Kastigar said that's when a man driving by stopped and came to assist the deputy as he struggled with the man. All three somehow went into the street and were struck by a pickup truck driven by a man in his 60s, Kastigar said.

Police officer shot to death in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Three police officers were shot, one fatally, after going to a Baton Rouge home with a search warrant Wednesday afternoon.

The suspected gunman who opened fire on the officers as they entered the house was also hit and died after being taken to the hospital, police said. His name was not released.

Det. Terry Melancon, 31, died at the scene after being shot in the head. Dets. Dennis Smith, 41, and Neal Noel, 35, were taken to the hospital where they were being treated late Wednesday night, police said.

"We will not forget. We will focus. We will honor our hero and we will carry on," a visibly emotional Police Chief Jeff LeDuff said.

Electrical worker dies in fall from light pole

Auburn, AL -A 40-year-old electrical worker is dead after falling from a concrete utility light pole. Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said James Edward McCormick fell approximately 40-to-50 feet last night at Duck Samford Park in Auburn. The accident occurred about 10 p-m. The coroner said McCormick suffered multiple internal injuries and died about 30 minutes later at East Alabama Medical Center. Harris said a preliminary investigation determined that McCormick was not wearing a safety harness when the accident occurred. He was employed by Walker County-based Titan Electrical in Dora.

Man Crushed Beneath Construction Equipment

Durango, Co -- Government safety investigators were due in Durango, Colo., Monday to look into the circumstances the led to the death of construction worker.

The 24-year-old man, who has not been identified, was crushed under a five-ton road-maintenance vehicle that that flipped on top of him. The man was driving the pneumatic roller in a subdivision when the machine's left wheels went off the edge of a dirt road, causing it to roll over. The man who died was driving the roller, according to the sheriff's office.

Hastings worker dies on the job

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON — A popular and well-known village employee was killed yesterday morning while working on a streetlight on the Warburton Avenue bridge. The first police officer to respond said it appeared that Charles B. Murray, 29, had been electrocuted, but the cause of death was still under investigation, pending the autopsy results, police Lt. David Bloomer said. Police responded to a call for a man in distress on the bridge at 9:42 a.m., Bloomer said, and tried to restore Murray's heartbeat with a defibrillator before taking him to the hospital.

Worker crushed to death at IP landfill

JAY, Maine (AP) — A fatal accident at the International Paper Co. landfill is being investigated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. William Haynes, 52, of Livermore Falls, was crushed to death Monday when the dump body of a truck came down on him while he was on the frame, greasing some fittings. Police Chief Larry White Sr. said Haynes was employed by E.L. Vining & Son of Farmington.

Worker killed in construction accident

Cape Coral, FL - A construction worker died Monday after pieces of concrete fell on him while he worked on a condominium project in Cape Coral. Felton Kinchen, 62, of Fort Myers, died at the scene, a release from the Cape Coral Police Department stated. Another crew member suffered minor injuries from the falling concrete, said Jeff Haston, chief of operations for the Cape Coral Fire Department. The other crew member's name and address were not available, Haston said. Both men were employed by subcontractor Cement Industries of Fort Myers.

Worker killed in equipment

LATHROP, CA -- A 24-year-old worker was killed when he reportedly got caught in a conveyor belt while unloading gravel for rail cars at the start of the morning shift on Monday. The unidentified man was working at Van-G Logistics on West Louise Avenue next to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks on Seventh Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency crews from the Lathrop-Manteca Fire Department on J Street, just a few blocks away from the accident scene, found the man already dead when they arrived at the site shortly after 8 a.m.

Worker Dies at Fort Jackson

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A civilian worker (Frankie Scheffield) was killed at Fort Jackson Tuesday after a crane came into contact with some power lines. Base spokesman Jim Hinnant says a second worker was injured. Military officials have not released the workers' identities. They were employed with Bulldog Office Contractors. Hinnant says the workers were on the ground guiding a temporary building into position about 5:50 p.m. Tuesday when the crane apparently touched power lines. Military officials are investigating but Hinnant says foul play was not suspected.

Officer Dies During Training Exercise

WASHINGTON -- D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey said an officer who died during a training course may have been drinking too much water. Police said 25-year-old Officer James McBride got sick on Tuesday and died Wednesday. Too much water consumption can lead to an abnormally low concentration of salt in the blood, which can lead to swelling in the brain, police said. McBride was a two-year veteran of the force.

Dumbwaiter falls, kills repairman

Branson, MO-A 46-year-old maintenance worker was killed when a dumbwaiter he was repairing at a motel fell and struck him in the back of the head, Branson Police Chief Caroll McCullough said Wednesday. After emergency personnel were called to the Travel Lodge Motel on Falls Parkway about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jeffery Paul Cleveland of Hollister was taken to Skaggs Community Health Center, where he was pronounced dead, McCullough said.

Big rig hits van on 165, kills five

STEVINSON, CA — Five construction workers died on their way to work Wednesday morning when a big rig collided with their van on Highway 165, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Omar Ramirez, 38, of Atwater; Jose Velasquez, 51, of Winton; and Aniceto Trujillo, 40, Gerardo Cervantes, 34, and Javier Ortiz, 32, all from Merced, were pronounced dead at the accident scene, said CHP officer Mike Panelli.

Ramirez, Velasquez and Cervantes were not wearing their seat belts; the other two men were.

The five men were part of a concrete-pouring crew for G & G Construction of Atwater.

They were riding together in a 1994 Dodge Ram van to a construction site in Los Banos when the collision occurred, said Gino Graziano, general partner at G & G Construction. The 6:30a.m. accident happened about four miles south of Highway 140.

"They were at the wrong place at the wrong time," Graziano said. "They were just going to work."


WINTER HAVEN, FL -- A Winter Haven man was electrocuted while welding a trailer frame at Emerson Trailers in Lake Wales, the authorities said Friday.

Aaron Shupe, 25, of 5677 Dundee Road was pronounced dead at Winter Haven Hospital after police responded to 740 E. Lake Alfred Drive about 8:45 a.m. Thursday, Lake Wales Police Chief Art Bodenheimer said.

The Medical Examiner's Office determined Shupe died of low voltage electrocution. Bodenheimer said Shupe was found unconscious at a component room at the plant.