Worker Killed In Grimesland Bridge Construction Accident

An employee working on a state bridge project in Pitt County was killed Wednesday afternoon.

The D.O.T. says it happened at the Grimesland Bridge project when a crane dropped a large metal form some 25 feet, landing on the worker and killing him. The man worked for Rea Construction Company of Charlotte.

The company identified the victim as 28-year-old Timothy Hayes of Selma.

The company tells us he died from blunt force trauma to the head.

The D.O.T. says it, along with the Department of Labor are investigating the accident. A team of investigators was at the accident site Thursday afternoon.

Company District Manager David Grey was distraught by the situation and says Hayes was a hard-working employee.

The new bridge over the Tar River, replacing the two existing bridges on the Grimesland Bridge Road, has been under construction for less than a year.