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Loop Construction Accident Kills Worker

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Mar 3, 2010 10:20PM

A construction accident at Jackson and Wacker - right next to the Willis Tower - killed one utility worker and injured another this afternoon. The accident occurred around 1:45 p.m. after a report of an explosion. Peoples Energy said there was no explosion but two workers were working on a gas main. Fire Media Affairs spokesman Quention Curtis said, "They were pumping air through the system when something went wrong. It blew the pipe apart and it hit them." Streets around the area were closed to traffic and several CTA buses were rerouted.