Worker killed while repairing water main leak

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

People in Manchester are grieving the loss of a city worker who unexpectedly died Saturday from injuries he sustained on the job.

51-year-old Victor Gilbert was working with others to fix a water line leak on Eastern Kentucky University's campus in Manchester when the hillside behind him came tumbling down.

"It doesn't seem real that he's gone," said Fonda Gilbert, Victor's older brother.

Victor Gilbert just celebrated his 51st birthday Wednesday, but now people in Manchester are mourning his death.

"When I got home, I checked my messages and that's how they told me to get to the hospital," said Fonda Gilbert.

It happened when Gilbert and two others were working to fix a leak in a water line on the campus Gilbert's son attends college.

Gilbert was trapped and crushed after an entrenchment fell on top of him which is something no one saw coming.

Gilbert's older brother says it was a freak accident, one the community and his family will never forget driving by this intersection now marked in his memory.

"It don't make it worse. It's just something that happens. You can't expect it. It could happen to anybody," said Fonda Gilbert.

But grieving over his death is not something Gilbert's family says he would want.

"We just going to take it day by day. And each day don't let it get us down or nothing like that. He wouldn't want it to get us down," said Fonda Gilbert.

So prayer and support from each other are what this family is depending on to say goodbye to someone so unexpectedly.

Victor Gilbert was pronounced dead at Manchester Memorial Hospital just after midnight Saturday.

His family plans to have services at Britton Funeral Home in Manchester.

OSHA and state police are investigating the accident.

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