Sewage worker killed in tragic construction accident

This Monday, a worker with the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County was killed in a tragic construction accident.

According to Ashville police, the accident occurred as a crew of workers was installing a manhole at 257 McDowell Street.  A backhoe bucket at the site was suspended in the air by a hydraulic line.  The line snapped and the crew’s supervisor was struck in the back of the head by the falling bucket.

Paramedics pronounced the 46-year old supervisor dead at the scene of the accident.

Police and investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are looking into the cause of the fatal construction accident.

Our utmost sympathies go out to the victim’s family and friends.