Death at Kelly Middle School worksite appears accidental, police say

The death appears to be accidental, police say.

Posted: May 21, 2021 4:13 PM
Updated: May 22, 2021 1:37 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Police are investigating a death at a worksite at Kelly Middle School on Friday.

Kerry Delf, a spokesperson for the 4J School District, said it happened in the parking lot near the school science quad.

Early reports said it appears the person was crushed between a forklift and a truck.

All workplace accidents that result in a death are investigated by Oregon OSHA.

Construction was underway at Kelly Middle School and Yujin Gakuen Elementary School due to two roof trusses that were falling in on one of the gyms.

Currently, students are engaging in distance learning and not attending school on-site. Delf said some families may have been briefly on campus, at the far west lot, to pick up school materials.

The principals of Kelly Middle School and Yujin Gakuen Elementary School shared a message with their families Friday that reads in part quote:

"We were deeply saddened to learn that this afternoon there was a accident outside the school building involving a construction worker. Emergency services responded, but sadly the person did not survive. Our thoughts are with their family, friends and coworkers."

The death appears to be accidental, according to police. 

Eugene Police are withholding the name of the person, to give the family time to notify others in their circles.

No other information is available at this time. Stay with KEZI 9 News for updates.

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