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Man Dies in Bethesda Construction Accident

A construction worker died after being pinned between equipment and a house.

Montgomery County Police Department badge. Credit courtesy of the Montgomery County Police Department.
Montgomery County Police Department badge. Credit courtesy of the Montgomery County Police Department.
A construction worker died Monday after getting stuck between an excavator and a house that morning, the Montgomery County Police department reported

The worker—John Joseph Whitney, 42, of Columbia—was pinned between the excavator and the house (in the 5700 block of Bent Branch Road, Bethesda) at about 8:35 a.m. as a construction crew worked outside the house, according to police.

Other construction workers were able to free him, but two were injured in the process. All three were taken to Suburban Hospital. The two workers who freed Whitney from the equipment were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police reported.

The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Department is assisting in the investigation of Whitney's death.

ABC 7 News/WJLA published a photo of the scene of the accident on its website. 

Editor's note: This post has been updated.
Brian September 17, 2013 at 10:44 AM
Where did this happen in Bethesda?
Laura L Thornton September 17, 2013 at 11:41 AM
My apologies - I appear to have edited out that information by accident. It happened in the 5700 block of Bent Branch Road, Bethesda.

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