Tunnel to reopen after worker’s death

(WISH Photo/Chopper 8)
(WISH Photo/Chopper 8)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Construction at the Deep Rock Tunnel Connector job site will resume on Thursday, almost one week after the death of a worker.

On Friday, June 13, emergency personnel were called to the 6600 block of South Tibbs Avenue on a report of an unconscious man with a head injury.

Isaac Simpson, 25, died about 7 miles into the tunnel. The tunnel is part of a larger sewer project by Citizens.

Simpson, a contractor with SKJV, died of a crushing blunt force traumatic injury of the head, according to the Marion County Coroner’s Office. His death was ruled accidental.

Officials with Citizens Energy Group say that although IOSHA never officially closed the site, SKJV and Citizens shut work down on Friday, June 13 out of respect to the Simpson family and the crews, to permit investigation of the accident, and to ensure everyone’s safety.

“Safety remains the top priority at the Deep Rock Tunnel Connector job site,” Citizens spokeswoman Sarah Holsapple said on Wednesday. “Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Mr. Simpson’s family, friends and those who knew and worked with him on this project.”

Memorial services for Simpson will be held Saturday, June 21, at 4 p.m.at Cicero United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the William Isaac Simpson Memorial Fund.

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