Worker killed at Henley Bridge project

Worker killed at Henley Bridge project

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The area of the accident was on a barge below the bridge. The area of the accident was on a barge below the bridge.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A construction worker was killed Tuesday afternoon at the Henley Bridge project in Knoxville.

Solin Estrada Jimenez, 50, of Chattanooga, was employed by the contractor, Britton Bridge LLC.

The area of the accident was on a barge on the Tennessee River below the bridge structure.

Jimenez was standing on the barge when he was hit by a chunk of concrete that was jarred loose from a support beam as the contractor works on the bridge demolition. Officials say wJimenez was wearing his safety helmet.

Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk says four other workers who were on the barge were questioned to help determine what happened.

Jimenez's body was taken to the University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology Center for an autopsy.

Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health is the lead agency investigating this incident.

Work on the bridge was suspended Wednesday as the investigation continues.

This death comes just four months after another construction worker, John Womac, 33, of Athens, was killed while working at the site.

Womac, a foreman for Britton Bridge, was struck in the head by a track hoe boom on January 25, shortly after the project began.

An update from the state Department of Transportation on May 20 said the work was concentrated on the span above the eastbound side of Neyland Drive.

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