Source AP ©

Utility worker killed, teacher hurt when elevated bucket falls at Washington school

About 600 children watched as utility truck's elevated bucket collapsed during a school science demonstration, killing a utility company employee and injuring a teacher.

The pair had been lifted 20 to 30 feet (6 to 9 meters) in the air Thursday when the boom separated from its base and fell, Police Chief Steve Dunnagan said. They were thrown from the bucket when it hit the ground outside Hiawatha Elementary School in this central Washington town.

The Avista Utilities employee was identified as Bob Smith, 50, who apparently suffered head injuries.

The teacher, Melissa Martinez, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

The pair were participating in an annual "egg drop" science demonstration when the accident occurred. The demonstration involves protecting eggs in various containers and dropping them from a certain height to see which land intact.

Besides hundreds of children from kindergarten through sixth grade, staff members and some parents were watching, said George Juarez, Othello School District superintendent. He said the children were "a good distance away."

Avista spokeswoman Jessie Wuerst said the company would investigate the cause of the accident. The state Department of Labor and Industries was also investigating, Dunnagan said.

Comments
Russia and Germany develop anti-Polish collusion
Brexit: The collapse of Europe
Center and peripheries in Europe - Portugal, a case of peripheral disaster
Pravda.Ru on Reddit's 'Ask Me Anything.' US-Russian friendship is dead
Should Russia pull out from landmark international agreements?
Russia suspends all Soyuz-FG flights after first accident in 43 years
AIDS came to USSR as deadly disease of Western decay
Center and peripheries in Europe - Portugal, a case of peripheral disaster
Russia and Germany develop anti-Polish collusion
Orthodox unity splits as Russian Orthodox Church breaks ties with Constantinople
Orthodox unity splits as Russian Orthodox Church breaks ties with Constantinople
Center and peripheries in Europe - Portugal, a case of peripheral disaster
Center and peripheries in Europe - Portugal, a case of peripheral disaster
Russia eyes Libya to subordinate the West to its will?
Center and peripheries in Europe - Portugal, a case of peripheral disaster
AIDS came to USSR as deadly disease of Western decay
Center and peripheries in Europe - Portugal, a case of peripheral disaster
US military develop scenario to destroy Russia's S-300 in Syria
US military develop scenario to destroy Russia's S-300 in Syria
Russia shows top secret X-101 cruise missile
Can China take it to the limit in the trade war with USA?