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Water surge kills 25-year-old maintenance worker in sewer

Federal investigators are looking into the death of a maintenance worker on Chicago’s Northwest Side.

25 year-old Gustavo Briceno, of Glendale Heights, was killed when a surge of water swept him away in a sewer during the heavy rainstorm on Wednesday night.

Briceno worked for Kenny Construction. He and another worker were inside the sewer at Rockwell and Wellington when flash floods hit the area around 8:30 p.m.

Authorities say Briceno removed his harness to reach a confined space and was carried away. The other worker was strapped into his harness and was pulled to safety. Briceno was wearing a wetsuit.

Briceno’s body was recovered about two hours later near Barry and Rockwell.

Kenny Construction issued a statement about Briceno’s death.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our co-workers last night.  Gustavo Briceno, Jr. was a valued member of our team.  The cause of the incident is not known at this time.  Kenny Construction places the highest value on safety.  We are working cooperatively with authorities on the investigation.  Our focus right now is on supporting Gus’ family, his friends and all of our employees who have been affected,” said Jacque Fourchy, the Corporate Spokesperson.

Federal officials are expected to complete their probe in about six months.


4 Comments to “Water surge kills 25-year-old maintenance worker in sewer”

    April said:
    September 19, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Painful to even read about.

    Martin said:
    September 19, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Was watching the live report last night! I am extremely sadden by the grim news, I was hoping for the best!

    TMot said:
    September 19, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    May God let his Soul rest & bless his Family…

    jermaine henry said:
    September 19, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    My question is what was he doing in the sewar when their is a rain storm? You would think that being a perfessional he would get out of their befor he get swept away. Even i know that the building storm drains run into the sewar. It seems fishy.

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