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UPDATE: Police release name of man killed in construction accident

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UPDATE Wednesday 4:20 p.m.

The following is an update from the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office:

The victim from yesterday’s construction accident was 59-year-old Werner Schmitt of Idaho Falls. He was employed by Eagle Rock Timber Inc. at the time of his death.

Deputies are nearing completion of the investigation at this time and it appears the cause was due to accidental circumstances.

UPDATE Tuesday 1:05 p.m.

The following is an update from the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office:

On Nov. 1 at approximately 10:25 a.m., Bonneville County Sheriff’s Deputies and Idaho Falls Ambulance responded to a construction accident on N. Holmes at 33rd. N next to Bish’s RV. As emergency units, arrived it was discovered that one of the construction workers somehow got caught underneath the tires of a belly dump trailer as it was unloading gravel.

Emergency personnel and employees on scene were able to free the man who was then transported by ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

Investigation by Sheriff’s Office Deputies is still ongoing. Release of the victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of family.


BONNEVILLE COUNTY — A 59-year-old Idaho Falls man was rushed to the hospital after being run over by construction equipment at a job Tuesday morning.

The man was working on an expansion project at Bish’s RV on North Fifth East when the accident occurred, according to Bonneville County Sheriff Sgt. Bryan Lovell.


Lovell says the man was operating the belly dump on the truck pictured above. As the driver was backing up, the man got caught under the tires.

The man was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. His injuries are unknown.

Multiple emergency crews are at the construction site, and an accident reconstruction team has been called to assist. has a reporter on the scene, and we will update this story with new information when we receive it.

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