KC Water Service Employee Dies in Accident

4 years 9 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, July 23 2013 Jul 23, 2013 Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:38:18 PM CDT July 23, 2013 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City police say a water department employee died when a sewer line he was working on exploded and filled with sewage.

Police say 40-year-old Donald Fenton was working alone Monday when the accident happened. He was repairing a valve inside the pipe, which descended 15 feet into the ground.

The Kansas City Star reports Fenton's co-workers ran to the manhole after hearing the explosion and tried unsuccessfully to find him. They used a backhoe to break the bottom of the main line to release the sewage and then used a rope to pull Fenton from the manhole.

Fenton had suffered serious injuries to his face and neck and was pronounced him dead at the scene.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

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