Worker killed in accident at Jeffboat identified - News, Weather & Sports

Worker killed in accident at Jeffboat identified

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - The Jeffboat worker killed in a Friday morning has been identified.

Clark County coroner Edwin Coots says Steven W. Duncan, 54, of Pekin Indiana, died of compressional asphyxia and blunt force injuries.

Coots equated the injury to a crushing type that prevented Duncan from breathing.

According to Coots,  Duncan worked in the maintenance department at Jeffboat.

WAVE 3 spoke to a man who was near the Jeffboat facility Friday, who did not want to be identified.

"I hate to hear it, I really do," The man said.

The man told WAVE 3 he had friends that work at Jeffboat

"It's heartbreaking," He said.

The man told WAVE 3 he saw first responders Friday morning.

"[I saw a] bunch of cars coming through, ambulances left and come back then it was shut down." He said "I didn't know exactly what happened."

Duncan is the third Jeffboat employee to die on the job since May 2010. 

Robert Harrison fell from a walkway on a barge and died on May 10. Days later, painter Kent David Martin fell from a ladder and died.

In a statement, American Commercial Lines said "This morning, an industrial accident occurred at Jeffboat resulting in the fatality of one of our employees. We have initiated an investigation of the accident and are in the process of notifying family members. We are deeply saddened by the loss of a member of our Jeffboat team, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his co-workers during this difficult time."

As authorities continue their investigation, the man WAVE 3 spoke too had a message for Duncan's family:

"I'm sorry for their loss. hopefully, God walks with them." He said.

In addition to Jeffboat's investigation, OSHA investigators arrived at Jeffboat Friday morning. 

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