Orange City, FL – Police in Orange City are investigating the death of a 72-year-old paving crew worker who was run over and killed by an asphalt paving machine while he was working on a parking lot.
Officials say it was around 11:51 AM on Monday when Orange City Police and Fire/Rescue units were called to 915 Harley Strickland Blvd., where a medical facility is being built. Once they got to the scene, first responders discovered that a paving crew worker, identified as 72-year-old Ulysses Tolbert of Deltona, was operating an asphalt paver when, for an unknown reason, he fell off of the driving platform and was partially run over by the paving machine. His coworkers quickly stopped the paving machine and unsuccessfully tried to lift it off of him with a skid steer.
Tolbert was pronounced dead at the scene by Orange City Fire Rescue, and a large, heavy-duty wrecker was brought to the scene to lift the paving machine so that the body could be removed. The Medical Examiner’s office took Tolbert’s body into custody, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was contacted about the accident.
The paving contractor that Tolbert worked for is Pavemax Asphalt Services.
OCPD says the death investigation is ongoing, and they’re asking anyone with information to contact Detective Ken Jones at 386-775-5478.
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