FAIRBANKS—The worker who died in a construction accident Monday in North Pole was an employee with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, according to a Corps news release.
The victim's name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.
Dena O'Dell, spokeswoman for the Corps of Engineers Alaska District, stated in an email that the accident occurred at the Chena Flood Control Project.
O'Dell said at about 3:50 p.m., the operator of a roller compactor was involved in a single-person rollover while working on a stability berm. The driver was preparing a relief well site on federal property near the intersection of Laurance and River Park roads.
Alaska State Troopers, the North Pole Police Department and North Pole Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene. The victim was pronounced dead at 4:18 p.m.
In May, the U.S. Senate included $9.7 million for maintenance at the flood control project in an omnibus appropriations bill, and the installation of additional relief wells is a continuation of the Chena Flood Control Project.
O'Dell stated the project has approximately 160 relief wells, which relieve uplift pressure from groundwater. Additional wells are being installed along a 7-mile earthen dam to protect it from seepage from an upstream pool during high water events.
More information will be made available about the accident Wednesday, O'Dell said.
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