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UPDATE: Man Killed in Construction Accident Near Baylor Identified

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UPDATE: Jan. 29, 2014, 12:00 p.m. -- There is new information about the death of a construction worker Tuesday afternoon at Baylor's McLane Stadium construction site.

The man has been identified as 55-year-old Jose Suarez of Manor.

Construction on McLane Stadium resumed this morning, but worker Brian Welsh says it was with a heavy heart.

"There's a different mood in here today, you can tell," Welsh said. "...A lot of people are upset and sad. There's a lot of people that aren't here at work today because of what happened."

Two men were on a lift -- working on the pedestrian bridge that will connect the stadium to the Baylor University campus.

That lift was on a floating barge in the Brazos River.

"We know for some reason the lift either slid or rolled into the water," said Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton of Waco Police Department. "The two men were attached to that lift."

One man was able to remove his harness and float to the surface, where he could swim to safety, but the other never resurfaced.

A dive team from Morgan's Point recovered his body about four hours later.

Police say the water was about 16 feet deep where the man fell in. When he was finally pulled out of the water, he was still connected to the equipment with his safety harness and flotation device.

There was a moment of silence and a safety meeting this morning with all of the workers and Brian Welsh says everyone is very alert after this accident.

"People are definitely going to be more mindful and keep their eyes open much more," Welsh said.

Baylor University President Ken Starr released a statement this afternoon that said in part: "All of Baylor nation extends our deepest sympathies as we remember in our prayers Jose Suarez and all those whom he loved."

We reached out to construction company Austin Flintco, which is managing the project.

We didn't receive an answer and the company hasn't released a statement about the accident yet.

 

UPDATE -- A rescue team has recovered the body of a missing construction worker in the Brazos River near Baylor's new stadium.

According to the Waco Police Department, the body was found just after 8 Tuesday evening.

The individual along with another construction worker fell into the Brazos after the boom they were on fell into the river while they were working on a pedestrian bridge.

The other man was able to free himself from the harness, but the other was not able to.

The worker who survived  was taken to the hospital and is being treated for hypothermia.

The identity of the person killed has not been released.


UPDATE -- Rescue crews in Waco are searching the Brazos River, after a construction worker fell in the water Tuesday night.

The accident happened at about 4 p.m. where Baylor's new stadium is being built.

According to the Waco Police Department, two men were on a boom doing some work on a pedestrian bridge when the boom went into the river for an unknown reason.

One of the workers was able to un-tether himself from the boom but the other wasn't.

Police are still trying to find the missing worker.

A dive team from Belton has been called in to assist in the search.

 


(KCEN) --- Waco Police and rescue crews responded to a report late Tuesday afternoon to a report of a person in the Brazos River near I-35 and the new Baylor Stadium athletic complex in Waco.

No further details were immediately available.

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