Worker Killed In Freak Accident

People who live near the Eco Tech company are questioning the safety of the iron gate . They say they've seen it fall before and say it's difficult to pick up.

Police say Billy Thomas was found underneath it Monday night, after they say he was just trying to close it.

“The gate appeared as though it weighed around in excess of 1,000 pounds,” said Laurel County Coroner Kris Vanover.

Vanover says the weight of the gate falling on Billy Thomas was enough to kill him.

“You're talking about just a matter of seconds. I'm sure once the gate came down on him, he never knew what happened,” said Vanover.

Thomas was found with the gate over his chest.

“It hit him in the front. Most of the impact was to the chest. He did have a laceration, a minimal skull fracture on the top of his head, said Vanover.

The gate operates on a track and officials say somehow it came out of that track.

“It was kind of on rollers and nothing at the top to support it. Just rollers on the bottom, when he was trying to close it hit him in the head and chest area,” said Vanover.

Police are investigating but they say it appears it was just a freak accident

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  • by RWH Location: Corbin on Jul 30, 2008 at 09:54 AM
    Bill was the sweetest man, he always was there to talk to about anything, and was always there to help you matter what..He will be greatly missed...
  • by Anonymous Location: Richmond on Jul 29, 2008 at 04:42 PM
    God Bless the man and may he rest in peace. The family should seek legal counsel for this unfortunate but, preventable accident.
  • by grumpy on Jul 29, 2008 at 04:33 PM
    if this gate has fallen before why was it stillthere or not repaired what you have here is a man killed probly working for a cut throat security company that pays minumum wage
  • by jarrod Location: laurel on Jul 29, 2008 at 03:53 PM
    i know how the gate was..i use to work there a couple of weeks ago..that gate was not safe at all u couldn't hardly nuge it or it was on the ground.
  • by Sissy Location: London on Jul 29, 2008 at 03:46 PM
    Bill, was a great person I worked with him for awhile. And I really appriciated him and his kind ways. Bill you will be missed by alot of us. Our prayers are with his family during this time.
  • by John Denniston Location: Leslie County on Jul 29, 2008 at 08:28 AM
    This is bad and I hate to hear about things like this. But in reality, these types of accidents should heighten our awareness of just how quick God can take you out of this world.
  • by Gail Location: London on Jul 29, 2008 at 06:46 AM
    Billy was such a good man...and had a great family. He will be missed by many.


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