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LAS VEGAS, NV — A Nevada construction workplace accident has taken the life of one worker and left another injured in a tunnel at Lake Mead.
The tunnel was undergoing construction when some material became loose. The two workers were alone in a segment of the 3-foot-diameter tunnel near Lake Mead National Recreation Area when they were hit by the material at around 4:30 p.m. Monday.
One worker was killed while the other sustained minor injuries. Their names have not been identified.
“During the assembly of some segments of the tunnel ring, one of the segments became loose, and the grout material exploded and hit two workers,” said Southern Nevada Water Authority spokesperson Nicole Lise.
The multi-million-dollar project to renovate the tunnel began in 2009 and work was delayed roughly two years ago due to flooding and cave-ins. Because Las Vegas depends on Lake Mead for roughly 90 percent of its drinking water, construction recommenced despite concerns. The new tunnel is to be three miles long.
According to authorities, the tunnel is not flooded and intact. The water authority will begin an investigation into the accident as well. It is unclear when construction might resume.
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