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Worker hit by excavator at wastewater treatment plant dies

DUNDALK — Authorities say a worker was struck and killed by an excavator in a trench at a Baltimore wastewater treatment plant.

Citing a Baltimore County public safety release, news outlets report 36-year-old Transito Rodrigez Cruz died Monday of injuries sustained at the City of Baltimore’s Back River Wastewater Treatment plant.

Officials say Cruz was working in a large trench at the treatment plant when the excavator’s bucket struck him. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

A Department of Public Works spokesman called Cruz’s death “tragic,” saying they’d working to ensure it won’t happen again. The department says Cruz was working for a company contracted by the city.

The name of the company was not released.

Baltimore Environmental Police and the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

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