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JP: Tyler Pipe contractor killed after backing equipment into pit

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SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

A contractor with D.H. Griffin has died after an accident at Tyler Pipe on Wednesday morning. Willie Smith, a spokesman with D.H. Griffin, confirmed the fatality and is on his way to Tyler from Houston.

According to Justice of the Peace James Cowart, the man was driving a Bobcat compact tractor when he backed into a concrete pit. The fall killed the man instantly, Cowart said.

D.H. Griffin has been working in Tyler for approximately the past six months demolishing the Tyler South Ductile Iron Fittings plant. 

The Longview Fire Department's technical team arrived on the scene shortly before 11:30 a.m. to provide assistance to Lindale fire crews. An ambulance left without lights or sirens around 11:40 and the scene is clear. Justice of the Peace James Cowart was also called to the scene.

D.H. Griffin specializes in construction, demolition, scrap metal recycling and asbestos abatement.

The name of the worker has not been released at this time, as officials are still attempting to contact next of kin. The Smith County Sheriff's Department is leading the continued investigation.

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