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Man Killed in Department of Public Works Accident

Steve Wagner

Authorities are unsure how the accident happened, but it appears a man was trapped between a trash truck and a tree early Monday morning.

The accident caused the man to sustain serious injuries, and he was immediately transported to Wishard Hospital, where he later died.

The man was identified late this afternoon as Thomas Welch. Sources say his family has been notified and that he was the father of 5 children. Welch had been a temporary employee for the Department of Public Works for over 2 years, and he was hired on as a full time employee in December.

Investigations are ongoing as to the cause of the accident and how Welch became pinned between the truck and the tree in the first place. The driver of the vehicle was also taken to Wishard for blood tests, as is standard in any accident of this caliber.

Our thoughts go out to the family of this Thomas Welch, and we hope the city will do the right thing and not withhold any of the compensation this family deserves as a result of the wrongful death of their financial provider.

If you have lost a loved one due to a wrongful death or a severe work-related accident, give the work comp lawyers at Wagner Reese a call at (888) 204-8440 and schedule a free consultation to find out how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

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