UPDATE: Recovery efforts ongoing to find worker killed at Indian Guyan site

Published 2:43 pm Thursday, April 24, 2014


PROCTORVILLE — The Portsmouth dive team is continuing to recover the body of a worker who was killed at the site of repair work at the Indian Guyan Bridge.

“They felt they had him and then some more debris, some more of the wall fell in and now they are going to dig around and dig some more debris,” Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said at 3:14 p.m. today.

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The accident happened earlier today at about 11:40 a.m.

The worker was under the bridge that is being replaced by Complete Construction of Columbus. Two pits under the bridge had been dug. One was 35 feet deep and the other was 12 feet deep.

“The worker was on the other side of the pit and the ground gave way and he fell into the hole and debris fell in around him,” Lawless said.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. the dive team from the Portsmouth Fire Department arrived on the scene to attempt to recover the body.

The man was not a resident of Lawrence County.

Complete Construction had contracted with the Ohio Department of Transportation to replace the bridge.

State Route 7 was temporarily shut down to allow officials to get equipment on site.

The name of the worker is not being released at this time pending notification of his family.