Connecticut State Police

Man Killed When Barn Collapses in Bethany

Police said he was working in the barn when the collapse happened.

A man was killed when a barn collapsed in Bethany on Thursday morning.

A state trooper who was working a construction job nearby heard a loud crash in the area of the barn on Litchfield Turnpike, went to see what happened and met a man who was yelling for help and said someone was trapped in the barn, according to state police.

State police said they received the call at 8:42 a.m. and other first responders, including emergency medical services and firefighters, responded to the scene. Inside the structure, a middle age man was found unresponsive and he died from the injuries he sustained, according to police.

That man has been identified as 38-year-old Joister Pacheco-Attaide, of Danbury. Connecticut State Police said Pacheco-Attaide was one of several contractors working on the barn.

OSHA is investigating the accident.

The barn was built in 1900 or 1901 and construction began in January or February to refurbish the structure, according to state police. The building's owner confirmed to NBC Connecticut that her contractor did have the proper permits for the work.

Editor's Note: Town officials initially told NBC Connecticut incorrect information about the status of a building permit connected to the barn. The first selectman later clarified that the building permit was up to date. This story has been edited to reflect that.

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