Michael F. McDaniel Jr. killed, Scott M. Spurling seriously injured after they are struck by backhoe while working at a street construction site.
A long-time Natick town employee was killed and a second town employee was injured Tuesday night while both were participating in the emergency repair of a water line, an incident that was witnessed by four co-workers and a Natick police officer on a paid detail, officials said.
The Natick Town Administrator said the deceased employee worked for the town’s Department of Public Works for 26 years. Town officials identified him as Michael F. McDaniel Jr., a married father of a nine-year-old girl. McDaniel started his career as a laborer and held the top union job of general foreman at the time of his death.
Town officials identified the second worker as Scott M. Spurling, a DPW foreman who was rushed to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where his condition has been upgraded to stable.
Officals said the incident took place around 7:15 p.m. when six members of the town DPW went to repair a water line break on West Street near the intersection with Redman Drive. She said the crew was working in the street, which led to the deployment of the paid detail.
The incident is under investigation by the State and Natick police and the state workplace safety agency. Officials declined to describe how McDaniel was killed, except to say that it involved equipment being used by the DPW workers.
“It was a routine undertaking,’’ an official said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “It was a freak accident that resulted in the death of one of our employees.”
In a statement, the Middlesex District Attorney office, which is also investigating, said “a backhoe was accidentally pulled forward, and the stabilizer of the backhoe struck two employees who were working in a trench,” fatally injuring the 48-year-old McDaniel.
The fatal incident was followed by Wednesday’s snow storm, and White said that DPW workers who were at the scene were allowed to stay home, an offer most of the workers accepted.
But the rest of the 50-person department had to return to work, supplemented by at least two Natick firefighters and snowplow drivers from surrounding communities sent to help the grief-stricken DPW workers.
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Thomas Davis, 29, of Quaker City in Guernsey County, was with a crew unloading materials when a coworker, 52-year-old Nick Yurjevich, Jr., didn’t see him and backed over him with the truck he was driving.
Davis died at the scene along Simpson Road, northeast of London. It happened just before 9 a.m.
A Baylor University stadium construction worker was killed and a co-worker was treated for hypothermia after an accident that plunged both into the Brazos River.
Waco police said the two men were working on a pedestrian bridge over the river on Tuesday. They were pulled into the water when some construction equipment they were harnessed to fell from a floating dock.
Two inmates in a roadside work crew were struck by a semi-truck on Interstate 5 near Wilsonville Tuesday morning, according to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.
Witnesses said the truck driver told them he choked on coffee and then passed out before hitting the workers.
One of the injured inmates was taken to Oregon Health & Science University hospital. The 40-year-old woman's injuries were serious, but did not appear to be life-threatening, according to TVF&R spokesman Piseth Pich. The other inmate was treated at the scene.
A Hartsville man died Thursday following a tractor crash on Fox Creek Golf Course near Lydia.
Darlington County Coroner J. Todd Hardee identified the victim as Charles R. Tyner, 51 -- a long-time employee of the golf course.
Tyner died when the tractor he was on overturned, Hardee said.
Following an autopsy Friday Hardee said he ruled the death accidental.
A Ridgefield man caused a second crash after he allegedly tried to film the scene of a fatal crash while he was driving, according to Washington State Patrol.
Devin Braithwaite, 19, was driving a 2011 Dodge Charger south on Interstate 5 near the Northeast 179th Street Friday night when he approached the scene of an earlier fatal crash, according to WSP Trooper Will Finn.
Earlier in the evening, Sergey A. Bondarchuk, 18, of Vancouver lost control of a 1997 Acura sedan and struck a tree. He was declared dead at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, WSP reported.
Police say a city worker died when a garbage truck hit him in an Orlando church parking lot.
Officials say 26-year-old Brandon Bristol died before 5 a.m. Friday as the garbage truck emptied trash containers.
Orlando police Sgt. Jim Young says 48-year-old driver Reginald Virgil realized his co-worker was no longer on the back of the garbage truck and circled back around. He found Bristol's body.
Young says the death appears to be a "tragic accident."
Investigators are trying to figure out what happened. They say Bristol likely died on impact.
Three people are dead and three others were injured after a Maui County chartered plane crashed on Lanai Wednesday night.
The incident happened just before 9:30 p.m. about one mile off the airport.
Maui County officials say the deceased were identified as the pilot of the plane and two Department of Planning employees.
Two other planning employees were in critical condition and a deputy attorney for Corporation Counsel was in serious condition.