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Tragedy struck Saturday when a worker on the Melbourne Avenue project suffered a health scare that led to his death at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

At around 2:49 p.m., firefighters, police, and medics were dispatched to the construction site at Third Street and Melbourne Avenue where a man had fallen and struck his head, according to the Logansport Fire Department.

Fire Chief Rick Bair said the man, whose name is not being released at this time, was working inside one of the drainage pipes located underground approximately two blocks west of the intersection when he collapsed. A co-worker helped the man up off the ground and was able to support him as he stood. However, the man collapsed again and suffered a seizure.

After discovering that he had no pulse, co-workers began administering CPR while placing his body in a stokes basket that was on site, Bair said, adding that emergency workers were on scene until 3:30 p.m. Construction crew members, along with firefighters, police, and medics worked together to carry the man through the underground pipe. Using ropes, they were able to extricate the man out of the pipe and up to ground level, where he was lifted to an awaiting stretcher, according to the fire department. The man was then transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

With construction workers back on site Monday, Logansport Municipal Utilities Superintendent Greg Toth said there is a “somber mood. They’re doing light duty things today.”

He plans to be at Melbourne Avenue Tuesday to talk with workers and the engineering firm, Lochmueller, which helps manage and supervise the project. Currently, Toth said, “We don’t foresee the project being delayed.”

But the mental health of the workers comes first.

Toth wants to ensure everyone has enough time to cope with such a tragedy and that people receive support by any means necessary.

“It’s an unfortunate situation and everyone is doing their best to move forward,” he said, explaining that the man was a subcontractor for the construction firm, F.A. Wilhelm.

Agencies at the scene were the Logansport Fire Department, Logansport Police Department, Phoenix EMS, and Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer.

Reach Kristi Hileman at kristi.hileman@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5150

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