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Man, 24, killed in construction accident at York University

Images from the scene at York University in Toronto where a tracked excavation crane apparently fell over onto another piece of machinery at approximately 2:40pm on Oct. 11, 2011, killing one man and injuring several people on the ground.

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As Ministry of Labour officials probed the scene of a fatal construction accident at York University Wednesday morning, the body of the man killed was extracted from the wreckage of a toppled drill rig.

He was identified as Kyle Knox, 24, of Stouffville.

The rig was operated by Advanced Construction Techniques Ltd. of Kettleby, Ont.

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Five other male workers were injured, at least one seriously, in the accident Tuesday afternoon, which occurred when the drill rig tipped over on to a backhoe and a front-end loader.

Mr. Knox was in one of the two machines that were struck, but it was not clear which one.

The accident happened near York and Ian MacDonald boulevards, where a new TTC station is being built as part of a subway expansion.

A worker who was trapped for several hours before being freed was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries.

This is fall reading week on York campus and no students were injured as a result of the mishap.

Work on the project has been suspended while Ministry of Labour officials investigate.

Police initially suspected that the ground around the drill rig was soft and unstable, but later said that may not have been the case.

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Traffic in and around the area has also been disrupted.

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