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Highway worker is killed

April 14, 2011

Authorities investigate at 13th St. site of Tuesday’s fatality. (Photo by Kristin Baron)

    A 25-year-old construction worker from Fort Wayne died Wednesday at Adams Memorial Hospital a short time after being hit while on the job by the wheels of a tractor-trailer truck at a highway project at S. 13th St. and Winchester St.
    City police, who investigated the tragedy, said Ryan D. Zimmerman was pronounced dead at the hospital after being rushed there from the scene by Adams County Emergency Medical Service. EMS personnel performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on him during the ambulance trip.
    The Adams County Coroner's office reported that Zimmerman died from blunt force trauma. An EMS radio call said he suffered head injuries.
    According to police, Zimmerman was hunched over doing some drilling in a hole about 15 inches deep when wheels from the turning trailer struck him at 10:15 a.m. The truck was being turned from Winchester to 13th.
    The truck was driven by Gary L. Beal, 37, of Huntington, who was not cited by Decatur police for any driving infractions, but was cited by an Indiana State Police truck enforcement trooper for having an expired truck license plate and not having current fuel tax records.
    Zimmerman was an employee of the Primco firm in Fort Wayne. Primco is working on a highway improvement project on US 27 for the Indiana Department of Transportation.

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