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Two men killed when pinned between tractor-trailer, excavator

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Jan 30, 2014 - 9:21 AM |
 Two men were killed on Jan. 29 while trying to pull a tractor-trailer from a ditch on Dunbar Road, Dunbar Township, said the Ontario Provincial Police. File photo.

Two men were killed on Jan. 29 while trying to pull a tractor-trailer from a ditch on Dunbar Road, Dunbar Township, said the Ontario Provincial Police. File photo.

Updated

The two men killed in an industrial accident on Jan. 29 have been identified as 43-year-old Pierre Morin, of Chelmsford, and 28-year-old Stéphane Desaulniers, of Lac à la Tortue, Que.

Desaulniers was pronounced dead at the scene while Morin was airlifted to hospital in Sudbury where he succumbed to his injuries.

 

Original story

 

 

Two men were killed on Jan. 29 while trying to free a tractor-trailer from a ditch on Dunbar Road, Dunbar Township, said the Ontario Provincial Police.

Police said a logging tractor-trailer became stuck in the ditch. A decision was made to utilize a grapple excavator to remove the tractor-trailer.

As workers were hooking up chains to the tractor, the driver of the excavator proceeded up a slight incline and positioned the excavator sideways in front of the tractor-trailer. At this time, the excavator began sliding and subsequently pinned the two men who were standing in front of the tractor-trailer.

A 28-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene while a 43-year-old man was airlifted to Health Sciences North in Sudbury where he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the excavator was not injured.

No names are being released at this time pending notification of next of kin.

 

The Ministry of Labour has been notified and will be attending the scene this morning.

Post-mortems will be conducted in Sudbury later today. The investigation is continuing.

This is the second incident in about a month where someone was killed by an excavator.

On Dec. 28, Marc Lafreniere, 51, was killed after an excavator flipped over in a swampy area on a bush trail north of Dominion Drive in Valley East.

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