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Construction worker on SR 520 project killed in site accident

A construction worker was killed after being hit by a steel beam while working on the State Route 520 Montlake Project Wednesday.

SEATTLE — A construction worker at the State Route 520 Montlake Project was killed when he was struck in the chest by an 11,000-pound steel beam.

He was pinned between the pillar and a flatbed trailer that was carrying it. Seattle Fire said the 45-year-old victim died while being transported to a hospital.

The accident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Crews were able to free the man from between the beam and the flatbed and began CPR before paramedics arrived at the scene.

The worker was part of the crew assigned to the $455 million project to reconstruct SR 520.

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