A construction accident took the life of an Ottumwa man on Wednesday.
According to a press release, on Wednesday, June 1, at around 5 p.m., members of the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office and Mahaska Health Ambulance Service responded to medical call near the 3300 block of Highway 92. As first responders were en route, they learned that a construction worker had been pinned under a piece of equipment. Prior to law enforcement’s arrival, other workers were able to extricate the victim from the piece of equipment.
The victim was identified as 46 year old Pablo Jesus Gomez-Garcia of Ottumwa. He was cared for at the scene by members of both the Mahaska and Keokuk Ambulance Services before a helicopter was requested. Sadly, Garcia-Gomez passed away from his injuries prior to leaving the scene. He was taken to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy will be performed. The investigation into the accident is ongoing at this time.