Two men were killed Wednesday at a downtown Boston construction site and their bodies were recovered from a hole, authorities confirmed at the scene of the tragedy.
It’s now under investigation by Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins’ office, Boston police, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Greg Long told reporters at the scene Wednesday morning that officers responded around 8 a.m. to the area of 190 High St. for two people “struck by a motor vehicle.”
Officers, Long said, located a construction site when they arrived, and later police along with fire officials and Boston EMS “located the bodies of two males. Both males were pronounced [deceased] on scene.”
It wasn’t immediately clear how the victims were struck.
Boston Fire Commissioner John Dempsey told reporters that firefighters initially arrived at the scene “for a pedestrian struck by a truck.”
“On arrival, we immediately upgraded to a tech rescue, confined space operation,” Dempsey said. “Once we made the scene safe … [first responders] entered the hole to assess the patients. At that point it was determined that it was going to shift” to a recovery operation.
Rollins said her office intends to work with federal investigators and police and fire officials, “as we have in the past,” on workplace deaths.
“We have done this before,” Rollins said. “Unfortunately many of you know that there was a tragedy [in 2016] involving two individuals and Atlantic Drain and Kevin Otto, that we charged with manslaughter.”
She added that investigators don’t know “if this is a crime. We know that it’s a tragedy.”
Mayor Martin J. Walsh spoke briefly at the scene Wednesday morning, telling reporters “it’s just really a sad, sad incident on what started out as a beautiful day today.”
On High Street, multiple fire trucks were blocking the road around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Yellow police tape blocked sidewalks, keeping onlookers at a distance. Dozens of firefighters and EMTs were on scene, as clusters of construction workers in hard hats looked on, hands shoved in their pockets.
Source: Boston Globe