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Cause of Death Revealed in Deep Rock Tunnel Connector Accident

The Marion County Coroner has ruled on the cause of death for that 25-year-old laborer on the Deep Rock Tunnel Connector site in Indianapolis. 

Chief Deputy Alfie Ballew says the the manor of death was accidental.  Ballew says William Isaac Simpson died from massive traumatic injuries to his head in the incident around 4:00 Friday morning. He was about 250 feet below the ground and roughly seven miles into the eight mile long connector.

Citizens Energy Group says other workers were in the area, but are okay.  The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration will decide when work can resume on the site.

The Connector is the first of five tunnels to be built underground to capture the city's raw sewage that currently overflows into rivers during heavy rain.  Completion is set by 2025.

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