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Benton County Highway Worker Dies

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August 25, 2014 — The Associated Press — Indiana state safety officials are investigating the death of a northwest Indiana county highway department worker who was killed last week when a tire rim blew off a road grader.

The Benton County coroner says 45-year-old Stephen Etter of Oxford was working to repair a split tire rim on the vehicle when it flew off and struck the front of his body.

Coroner John Cox tells WLFI-TV in West Lafayette that paramedics worked to revive Etter at the county highway garage in Fowler for about 40 minutes before he was pronounced dead Thursday.

Cox says Etter was a 14-year employee of the highway department in the county northwest of Lafayette. Officials from the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration are reviewing the circumstances of Etter’s death.

 

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