Trucker killed by pipe load at massive cleanup site

| 7/22/2009

A truck driver from Iowa was crushed Monday, July 20, by a load of pipes he delivered, causing injuries he later died from.

Larry LaCroix, 55, of Fort Madison, IA, died at a Knoxville-area hospital, the Tennessee Valley Authority confirmed to Land Line on Wednesday.

LaCroix was unloading pipe to be used for dredging machines at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

Barbara Martocci, a Tennessee Valley Authority spokeswoman, said the corporation will likely spend about one week investigating what caused LaCroix’s death. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was reportedly notified and promised to investigate.

LaCroix had worked seven years for WW Transportation, based in Burlington, IA.

The plant is undergoing a massive cleanup effort after more than 1 billion gallons of coal ash spilled in December 2008, and Monday’s fatality isn’t the only setback the project has faced.

Rail shipments have been taking the coal ash from Kingston to a Perry County, AL, landfill for some time, though a July 18 train derailment temporarily slowed the cleanup effort.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer