BANGOR, Maine — A man who was working on a natural gas line project died Wednesday when he was crushed by a backhoe on Odlin Road.
The victim’s name, age and hometown were being withheld late Wednesday afternoon pending notification of family members, Bangor police Sgt. Chip Hodges said.
The notification process was still under way Wednesday night, Lt. Jeff Millard said.
Few details were being released in the hours after the accident, which occurred shortly before 3 p.m. at 820 Odlin Road, near the Hermon town line.
Police and others at the scene declined to say whether the man who died was operating the backhoe or if he was near it when it rolled onto him. The backhoe apparently rolled down a short embankment from a section of shoulder that recently had been dug up. It came to rest on its side.
The victim reportedly was employed by a southern Maine excavation contractor that was working on a line extension project for Bangor Gas. Investigators at the scene declined to confirm the name of the contractor.
Telephone calls to Bangor Gas and to a southern Maine company whose name appeared on heavy equipment at the accident scene were not returned late Wednesday afternoon. Police confirmed the victim’s co-workers also were at the scene but said they were distraught and did not want to be approached by reporters.
Hodges said the accident remains under investigation by the Bangor Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The medical examiner’s office also is being consulted, he said.
A spokeswoman from OSHA’s Augusta office said that its investigator’s findings will not be released until after the investigation is completed.