Highway worker falls under flatbed, dies

Thursday, April 16, 2009 | 10:00 a.m. CDT

FAIR GROVE — A highway construction worker was killed along U.S. 65 near Fair Grove in southwest Missouri.

The Highway Patrol said 53-year-old Lance Trager, of Columbia, died Wednesday afternoon while workers were dismantling and loading a crane onto a flatbed truck. Troopers said Trager fell under the wheels of the truck and was run over as the rig pulled forward.

The driver of the truck was identified as 40-year-old Howard Nichols of Centralia.

Crews have just finished building a bridge over the Pomme de Terre River on the Greene-Dallas county line.


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