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Storm sweeps away construction worker in Chicago

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CHICAGO (AP) A federal workplace safety agency is investigating the death of a Chicago construction worker swept away by rising storm water in a sewer where he was working.

Scott Allen of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says investigators are on the scene. They're trying to determine the chain of events Wednesday evening that led to the death of the 25-year-old suburban Chicago man.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the victim as Gustavo Briceno Jr. of Glendale Heights.

He disappeared at about 8:30 p.m. during a violent thunderstorm and his body was found a few hours later.

Authorities say Briceno was a private contractor working to reline a sewer that quickly filled with water just minutes after the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the area.

 

Posted 9/19/2013