Repairman Crushed by Backhoe in SouthSide

Deceased has been identified as Edward M. Haines, 51, of Walnutport. Police say the repairman was working on a backhoe when the construction vehicle moved and pinned him.


UPDATED: 4:30 P.M.

A repairman working on a backhoe was killed when the construction vehicle moved and crushed him beneath it, officials said.

The dead man has been identified as Edward M. Haines, 51, of Walnutport. Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek said a report on the cause and manner of death will likely be ruled upon next week.

The accident occurred on the 300 block of State Street in a parking lot where construction vehicles are stored, Bethlehem police said.

The investigation into the incident is being conducted by Bethlehem police, the coroner and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Lysek said.

Rachel Thompson October 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Every time I read a story involving a piece of equipment the reported gets it wrong- that is not a back hoe or bulldozer (in the picture) which are the only two names of equipment I ever see in print. That is a track hoe also known as an excavator. Reporters are so lazy today- I see a lot of mistakes and misinformation in the press these days.


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