ORLANDO, Fla. – Authorities say one worker died and another was injured while working on the Virgin Trains project in Orlando near State Road 528, according to his employer.
The accident happened Thursday morning as 33-year-old Marcus Green and another man were working to clear standing water that had accumulated over an inlet due to recent heavy rain.
Both men worked for Granite Construction, the company said in a statement.
“We are deeply saddened to report that our employee, Marcus Green, 33, of Cocoa, Florida died as a result of an incident that occurred yesterday morning on our Virgin Trains project in Orlando, Florida,” the company said. “While working to clear standing water that had accumulated over an inlet due to the recent heavy rains, two team members were somehow pulled into a pipe and were rescued by Orlando Fire Department’s Special Operations Unit.”
Granite Construction said the second team member was treated at a hospital and was released Thursday.
Construction activities were placed on hold Friday as Granite conducts an investigation to determine what led up to the accident.
A spokesperson for the Orlando Fire Department said the workers were in an overflow drain that began to flow sweeping them away and trapping them under the road.
Orlando Fire Department crews rescued them but Green died from his injuries. The other worker was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released. The company is investigating to determine what happened.
When reached via email, Brightline, now owned by Virgin Trains, declined to comment on the incident.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the workplace accident.