Philadelphia drilling tragedy: workers killed, oil rig operators injured in construction accident in University City


PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – One person was killed and another injured in a construction site accident in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia, authorities said.

It happened around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday near the University City / Penn Medicine SEPTA station on Convention Avenue.

Action News was there when the owner of Cook Drilling from Bucks County arrived at the scene overnight.

According to the fire department, heavy equipment was being transported to a construction site by a semi-trailer truck when a rig for lifting equipment crashed.

A 55-year-old worker was trapped underneath.

It took about 15 minutes to free the worker.

He was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The operator of the oil rig was also injured and taken to hospital for treatment.

The rig fell off the building so no property was damaged and the site was free of passers-by at the time.

“It’s lucky that at that time of the evening it was a very busy area during the day and it could have been a lot more dangerous for a lot of people, but still there were two people here who were injured so that’s still tragic. ” “Said Charles Walker, assistant fire chief of Philadelphia.

The fire brigade announced that fuel had leaked from the devices. Licenses & Inspections was called for an on-site investigation.

The scene remained active as the rig stayed on the side early Wednesday.

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