A Florida construction worker dies when the Lady Lake retaining wall collapses

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LADY LAKE – A construction worker who works on the US Highway 27/441 road widening project in Lady Lake was killed on Wednesday.

On Wednesday afternoon, emergency services were called to a construction accident on the 27th that left the worker trapped in a hole in a retaining wall, according to a Lake County spokesman. Part of the wall holding parts of the remaining bridge over County Road 25 had collapsed on him.

During the evening, the rescue mission became a salvage mission. Lake County Fire Rescue and The Villages Public Safety worked all night to find the body of the victim, who has not yet been identified.

Lady Lake Police are still investigating the incident and roads have been reopened.

“On behalf of Lake County, we extend our condolences to the family and our thoughts are with them at this time,” a Lake County spokesman said in an email.

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A construction worker on US Highway 27/441 road widening project was killed.  On Wednesday afternoon, emergency services were called to a construction accident on the 27th that left the worker trapped in a hole in a retaining wall, officials said.  The wall had collapsed on him.

27/441 takes about a year and a half to build at Lady Lake.

Work on the $45.3 million expansion project began in the summer of 2020, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. Southland Construction is the contractor.

It goes from a four-lane to a six-lane road from Lake Ella Road to Avenida Central at Griffin Avenue and is scheduled for completion next fall.

The project included the demolition of the County Road 25 bridge, which began earlier this year.

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