A construction worker was killed in an excavator accident while on the job in Windsor on Friday, and the owner of King Construction said the victim was his son.
Danny King, 51, was crushed between a backhoe and trench box while inside the trench, his father, John King, owner of the Bloomfield construction company, said Friday.
It happened around 1:30 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Prospect Hill Road and Poquonock Avenue in Windsor.
According to MDC, King Construction was a private contractor working with the state Department of Transportation to install a replacement water line there.
"I heard sirens and fire engines, and I looked out the window and down the street, and I saw what looked like an ambulance," said Esther Dlugokinsi, who lives nearby.
Officers at the scene administered medical aid, but all efforts to save Danny King failed. He was transported the hospital and pronounced dead, according to a Windsor police source.
John King said his construction company has been in business for 50 years and there's never been an accident like this one.
A close friend of the victim who stopped by the construction site Friday night described Danny King as a good person and hard worker who lost his only daughter in a car accident a few years ago on Mother's Day.
John King said the family is leaning on their faith and garnering support from their minister.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration and South Windsor police are conducting investigations. MDC said an inspector was on site at the time of the accident.
Representatives from the DOT did not return a request for comment Friday.