Federal investigation into fatal construction accident in Des Plaines

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DES PLAINES, Ill. -- A strap or chain may have failed at a construction site in Des Plaines, and possibly caused a 40-ton steel beam to kill a worker and injure three others.

The deceased victim is 47-year-old Vicente Santoyo, of Berwyn. He was married and had four kids. A funeral service will be held for him on Monday. The family's pastor remembers him as a very, very nice person.

Crews were removing the beam from the Touhy Avenue overpass on I-90 early Tuesday morning when it suddenly crashed down.

Santoyo worked for the subcontractor Omega Demolition Corporation, of Elgin. Judlau Contracting Incorporated of New York was the general contractor on the job.

Federal officials say in the last ten years, it has issued nine citations to Omega, mainly for lead violations. The company has paid nearly $6,500 in violations. Judlau has had 13 citations, and paid nearly $35,000 in fines.  Neither company has commented on the accident

Touhy Avenue in Des Plaines has since re-opened.

 

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