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Lacoochee worker crushed by highway support beam

The 32-year-old was working on a project along the Florida Turnpike when a cable holding the beam snapped.

By BRADY DENNIS

© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 11, 2001


A construction accident in Kissimmee early Monday killed a 32-year-old Pasco County man.

David Knight of 21026 Palmer Ave. in Lacoochee was killed about 2 a.m. when a cable hoisting a 150,000-pound support beam snapped.

The beam crushed Knight and Enrique Aguilar, 22, of Mount Dora. It also covered the road with debris and closed the northbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike.

Knight and Aguilar were working for a construction company on a county contract to build a pedestrian walkway over the highway, said Carole Garcia of the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.

After the accident, a medical helicopter took both men to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead.

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office, Florida Highway Patrol and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were investigating the accident Monday.

A 51-mile stretch of the northbound highway was closed between Yeehaw Junction and the Osceola Parkway, FHP officials said. Traffic headed north from South Florida was detoured at Yeehaw Junction for hours. Only one southbound lane was open.

Knight's family could not be reached for comment Monday.

- Times staff writer Ryan Davis contributed to this report, which used information from the Associated Press.

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