SEDGWICK, Maine — A New Jersey man working with a Pennsylvania firm that is rehabbing the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge died Sunday afternoon after falling from the structure, according to police.
Ercio Gasques, 29, fell from the bridge around 2 p.m., the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department indicated in a prepared release. Police were notified at 2:15 p.m.
“Gasques suffered massive head trauma from the fall and died from his injuries while en route to the hospital,” Lt. Tim Cote of the Sheriff’s Department wrote in the release.
Gasques was being taken to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital when he died, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Mark Latti, spokesman for Maine Department of Transportation, said Monday that Gasques was working for Odyssey Contracting, a company from Houston, Pa., that had been hired to repaint the 71-year-old suspension bridge. Workers also are rehabilitating the piers of the bridge, he said, but that work is being done by another company.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is assisting the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration in investigating the workplace fatality. Police were assisted at the scene by the Sedgwick Fire Department and by Peninsula Ambulance.