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Worker Killed at Site of San Francisco 49ers New Stadium


For the second time in four months, a death has occurred at the site of the San Francisco 49ers new stadium in Santa Clara.

Edward Lake II, a delivery truck driver, was killed when he was crushed by a steel bar that he was unloading, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.  Construction on the site was shut down for the rest of the day as authorities investigated the death.

Lake, 60, lived in Vacaville and worked for Gerdau Ameristeel. His neighbor told the Chronicle that Lake “loved his job.” In fact, he had gone back to work just months ago because he was “bored” with retirement.

“The 49ers organization learned this morning that an accident occurred involving a driver as he delivered materials to the stadium,” the 49ers said in a statement. “Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers affected by this tragedy.”

In June of this year, a 63-year-old elevator mechanic named Donald White was killed at the site when he was struck by an elevator counter weight in an elevator shaft. That death was ruled an accident.

The stadium, soon to be named “Levi’s Stadium,” is scheduled to open in time for the 2014 season, and will host Super Bowl L in 2016.

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