Parks and Recreation employee dies in accident

Friday, July 8, 2011 | 1:23 p.m. CDT; updated 5:06 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

COLUMBIA — A Columbia Parks and Recreation Department employee died Friday morning in a work-related accident near the MKT Trail.

The city employee got trapped between the cab and the bed of the dump truck, said Battalion Chief Steve Sapp of the Columbia Fire Department. The employee was operating the dump truck to pour rock and gravel on a spur of the MKT Trail at Colony Drive and Forum Boulevard.

Sapp said the fire department was notified of the accident at 8:39 a.m., and sent an engine company, a ladder company, an ambulance and a technical rescue unit to the accident. Paramedics from University Hospital pronounced the employee dead at the scene, Sapp said.

The name of the victim is being withheld until the family is notified, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

Sapp said the employee was alone at the time of the accident, the cause of which is not yet known. Columbia Police Department officers and a risk management team are investigating the cause of the accident at the scene, Sapp said.

The Parks and Recreation Department is providing counseling through the city's Employee Assistance Program for employees who seek assistance, the department's Public Information Specialist Tammy Miller wrote in the release.


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