August 28, 2002 at 8:34 PM EST - Updated July 2 at 11:40 PM
CLEVELAND (AP) - A construction worker died Wednesday afternoon at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport when the machine he was operating flipped over, airport officials said.
The 33-year-old man, whose name or hometown was not disclosed, was working on a runway construction project when he was partially thrown from the machine at about 12:15 p.m., airport Commissioner Fred Szabo said. The machine flipped over several times and rolled over the man.
Firefighters pulled the man, an employee of Independence Excavating, from the machine. He was transported via helicopter to MetroHealth, where he was pronounced dead. He was alone in the vehicle.
The man was working on rerouting Abrams Creek to make room for the new runway. The machine he was operating, commonly known as a "moxie," was used to haul earth, Szabo said.
"This is a tragedy for the airport," Szabo said. "This is the first construction-related fatality we've had in recent memory."
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