Weekly Toll: Falls, shootings, explosions — and two more tow truck drivers
Man found dead, pinned underneath Bobcat in York County
PARADISE TWP., PA — A New Oxford man died Monday afternoon after being pinned underneath a piece of construction equipment. Shane Hockensmith, 30, was found unresponsive — and determined dead — under a Bobcat in the first block of Beaver Creek Road around 4:12 p.m., according to the York County Coroner’s Office. The coroner’s office adds that the male had been operating the equipment by himself since approximately 12 p.m.
Farmer Dies In Tragic Equipment Accident: Police
JAMESPORT, NY — A beloved local farmer died in a tragic accident Thursday, police said. According to Riverhead Town Police, a 911 call came in that Lyle C. Wells, 62, was found trapped in a piece of farm equipment at his farm, the Wells Homestead Acres Farm on Sound Avenue in Jamesport. When officers arrived, Wells was found deceased, police said. He apparently became trapped in a spreader while working on the farm, police said.
25-Year-Old Police Officer Killed in the Line of Duty Leaves Behind 9-Month-Old Son
Detroit, MI — A young Detroit police officer has been killed in the line of duty, leaving behind a 9-month-old son. Glenn Doss Jr., 25, was shot in the head while responding to a domestic violence call on Wednesday. During a press conference Sunday, the department announced he had died from his injuries. Glenn’s father, a 19-year police veteran, said he didn’t tell his son to become an officer. “He fell in love with the job and he died doing something he loved,” Gross Sr. said during the conference. The shooting occurred as officers responded to a home following a report that a man arguing with his wife had fired gunshots. The man opened fire on officers outside the home and Doss was shot as he got out of his patrol car.
Tow-truck driver killed in apparent hit-and-run crash
“There’s no need for this,” Oklahoma tow truck driver killed in crash
ROGERS COUNTY, Okla. – An Oklahoma man’s death sent a shock wave through a local community. Around 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 26, emergency crews were called to the Will Rogers Turnpike following an accident. Investigators say a vehicle was broken down on the shoulder and a large wrecker was attempting to tow the vehicle. Officials say all of the drivers were out of their vehicles when a semi-truck swerved onto the shoulder, hitting 43-year-old Jonathan B. Taylor. Taylor, who was the driver of the wrecker, was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol say the cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Authorities identify truck driver killed in sand pit accident
Dunlap, IA — Authorities have recovered a body from the truck found submerged in a sand pit near Dunlap on Thursday. The driver was identified as Christopher McMullen, 38, from Madeila, Minnesota. He died in the truck after it entered an icy sandpit. Authorities were called to the scene at Hallett Materials, located 2 miles south southwest of Dunlap on the east side of U.S. Highway 30, at 5:11 a.m., after a dump truck reportedly had gone into a pond. Employees of the company found the truck.
Adams County Sheriff Deputy Heath Gumm killed in the line of duty
Adams County, CO — The Adams County Sheriff’s Office – and the state of Colorado – lost a devoted public servant the night of January 24, 2018. Deputy Heath Gumm, 31, was shot and killed while searching for a suspect related to an assault call. He is survived by a wife, Natasha. The sheriff’s office says it got a call about the assault just before 7 p.m. When deputies arrived, they learned the assault suspect had left and they began a search for him. When they found someone matching his description, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office says he ran from deputies, leading them behind a house. The suspect then turned and fired on them — hitting one deputy in the chest, the sheriff’s office spokesperson said. Gumm was transported to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
OSHA investigating death of worker at Green Bay metal plating firm
Green Bay, WI — The death of a worker at a Green Bay factory is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an agency spokesman said Thursday. Peter M. Fiedler Jr., 34, of Abrams, died on Jan. 18 following what the Brown County Medical Examiner said was a workplace accident at Ultra Plating, a metal finishing plant on Green Bay’s near west side. An Ultra Plating representative declined to speak about the death, saying the company is still trying to determine what happened. OSHA has cited Ultra Plating for safety violations once in the past 10 years, agency records show. The company paid $1,800 in a settlement after being cited in 2013.
Two construction workers die in a single day
Worker killed by falling column at Montana construction site
Remains of 5 workers found after explosion at drilling rig in Pittsburg County
QUINTON, OK — Authorities have released the names Tuesday of the five workers killed in an oil drilling explosion Monday in Pittsburg County. Killed were Josh Ray, 35, Fort Worth, Texas; Matt Smith, 29, of McAlester, Cody Risk, 26, Wellington, Colorado; Parker Waldridge, 60, Crescent, and Roger Cunningham, 55, Seminole, the Pittsburg County Emergency Management Agency reports. The explosion Monday was near Quinton, about 100 miles southeast of Tulsa. More here.
Georgia truck driver killed in I-459 crash identified
One dead, one injured in shooting at Warner Robins Barberitos
Warner Robins, GA — Warner Robins Police have identified the victim in Sunday night’s fatal robbery as 23-year-old Parker Moore, of Kathleen. A preliminary investigation shows the suspect entered the restaurant from the back door and confronted the three employees demanding money. While trying to get the money, an unidentified 21-year-old male employee was shot in the head and is recovering at the Medical Center, Navicent Health. He was able to give his story to investigators. After getting the money, the suspect fired the fatal shot that killed Moore.
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