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Construction worker from Massachusetts crushed by 1,700-pound pipe in upstate NY

New York State Police say Gary Feeney of Dorchester, Mass., was pinned Saturday morning after the 40-foot pipe became dislodged while being unloaded from a flatbed tractor trailer.

Police say the pipe fell 8 feet, crushing the 24-year-old, who was holding a guide rope as the pipe was lifted by an excavator with steel cables and hooks.

The accident occurred at a National Grid construction site just outside of Saratoga Springs.

Police say an ambulance transported Feeney to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:20 a.m.

Police, the National Grid Internal Audit Team, Public Service Commission and OSHA are investigating.

Saratoga Springs is about 35 miles north of Albany.

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