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Police identify man killed in excavator accident in East Hartford

EAST HARTFORD — A worker was killed when an excavator tipped over near where the ramps from the Founders Bridge and I-84 meet Wednesday. Around 12:45 p.m....

EAST HARTFORD — A worker was killed when an excavator tipped over near where the ramps from the Founders Bridge and I-84 meet Wednesday.

Around 12:45 p.m., Hartford State Police from Troop H responded to Route 2 westbound Governors Street overpass in East Hartford for a reported industrial accident involving an excavator at a construction site.

When State Police arrived, they said a John Deere Excavator was found on its side with the boom leaning over. The operator, John Dubray, 60, of Bethlehem, was ejected from the excavator and was immediately taken to Hartford Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

As a result, the road in the area of the East Hartford incident was closed.

Crews are working on a $22 million demolition project in the area. Brunelli Construction is the contractor for the state.

The Department of Transportation said the worker was doing demolition of the bridge railing.

Officials said the wind was not believed to be a factor in the incident. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct a post-mortem examination to determine cause of the death.

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