Marion, NC — A construction worker was killed on Tuesday after a deadly accident with a dump truck at a construction site near McDowell Junior High School. Police said that Rafael Magana, 47, was klled at about 11:55 a.m. late Tuesday morning (September 3, 2013) after he was backed over by a large dump truck at a construction site.

Magana was working near the school with a crew for Baker Grading and Landscaping that morning when the accident happened. The details are still under investigation, but reports from McDowell News stated that 39-year old Gregory Beaver was behind the wheel of a dump truck hauling dirt when he began to slide backwards on a hill.

The truck then rolled over Magana and pinned him. Paramedics were called to the scene and reportedly declared him dead almost immediately. Further investigation is expected and Baker Grading and Landscaping has yet to make a statement about the accident. The company has been working since July on a project to widen the roads along McDowell High School Road.

The accident follows another work-related mishap in which 15 construction workers fell from a 40-foot section of scaffolding that collapsed. The accident happened just down the road from McDowell Junior High School at McDowell High School. Of the 15 workers that fell, 8 were hospitalized and 2 were said to be in critical condition. That accident happened on August 12, 2013.

Scene of the Accident


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