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Construction worker dies after accident at Guilford Welcome Center

The accident occurred a little before 2 p.m. during paving work at the Vermont Welcome Center in Guilford. Vermont state photo

A construction worker died after an accident Thursday at the Welcome Center in Guilford, Vermont State Police reported.

There is an ongoing investigation into the death, but the cause is unclear. State police say the worker was struck by a piece of equipment and could not immediately be reached for comment.

Eric Streeter, 52, was a resident of Putney and an employee of Bazin Brothers Trucking Inc. The company was contracted by the Vermont Agency of Transportation to repave the Guilford Welcome Center, according to VTrans construction engineer Jeremy Reed called.

“Obviously, safety is the No. 1 priority at the agency,” Reed said. “Unfortunately, construction is a bit of a dangerous profession, especially on the roadways with motorists and whatnot. So all of our contractors will have a safety program, and our contract documents require practical plans to try to mitigate the risk associated with working around traffic.”

Reed added that VTrans has worked with Bazin Brothers in the past. He called the business a “good, family owned company” in the department’s experience.

The accident happened just before 2 p.m. Streeter was taken to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital shortly afterward, where he was pronounced dead. The state police, the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration are each conducting separate investigations into the incident, and information about the cause of death will be available after the completion of an autopsy.

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Iris Lewis

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Iris Lewis is a summer 2019 intern at VTDigger. She is a rising junior at Harvard University, where she writes for the student newspaper, the Crimson. She is originally from Underhill, Vermont.

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