Teen Dies After Being Buried Under Hot Asphalt
Friday July 25, 2008
By Steve Lambert The Canadian Press
A 15-year-old boy died in a horrific construction accident Friday when he was buried under a mountain of searing-hot asphalt.
The boy, too young to work on construction jobs under Manitoba labour laws, was part of a paving crew working on a parking lot in the Winnipeg bedroom community of Stony Mountain.
"I believe (the truck) dumped off way too much asphalt unexpectedly," said Stony Mountain fire Chief Wallace Drysdale.
"I was one of the first members on scene and we just saw the hair sticking out of this individual. It was extremely hot asphalt. Our crews, when we were digging out, had to shuttle different members in and out in about four- or five-minute intervals because our feet were burning."
Police and labour officials were investigating.
Richard Hill, who lives less than 100 metres from the accident scene, heard the boy screaming and ran over.
"I guess it was the truck driver that said, `There's a guy buried in here' and I ... found a shovel, and me and another guy tried digging him out," Hill said.
It took about 15 minutes to get the boy out. He was pronounced dead at the scene.