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Alfred Cabiya dies in Northampton trailer accident

  • A medical examiner arrives at the scene where oneworker died and another was injured Thursday,at the Mass Department of Transportation on North King Street.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    A medical examiner arrives at the scene where oneworker died and another was injured Thursday,at the Mass Department of Transportation on North King Street.

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  • One person was injured and another was pronounced dead after being trapped between two trailers being assembled Thursday at the Mass Department of Transportation on North King Street. <br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    One person was injured and another was pronounced dead after being trapped between two trailers being assembled Thursday at the Mass Department of Transportation on North King Street.

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  • An unidentified  State Police Trooper at the accident scene Thursday where one man was pronounced dead and another injured  in a workplace accident  on North King Street.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    An unidentified State Police Trooper at the accident scene Thursday where one man was pronounced dead and another injured in a workplace accident on North King Street.

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  •  Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan talks to reporters at the secne of an workplace accident that left one man dead Thursday.<br/>Sarah Crosby

    Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan talks to reporters at the secne of an workplace accident that left one man dead Thursday.
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  • A medical examiner arrives at the scene where oneworker died and another was injured Thursday,at the Mass Department of Transportation on North King Street.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • One person was injured and another was pronounced dead after being trapped between two trailers being assembled Thursday at the Mass Department of Transportation on North King Street. <br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • An unidentified  State Police Trooper at the accident scene Thursday where one man was pronounced dead and another injured  in a workplace accident  on North King Street.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  •  Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan talks to reporters at the secne of an workplace accident that left one man dead Thursday.<br/>Sarah Crosby

The victim was identified as 56-year-old Alfred Cabiya of Bristol, Conn.

Cabiya leaves a wife and two children, according to a statement from Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan’s office.

Details of the survivor’s injuries have not been released, but Sullivan described them as non life-threatening.

A third man man involved in the accident was not injured, according to the district attorney’s office.

Sullivan said the men worked for Trico Welding in Beacon Falls, Conn.

About 9:30 a.m., the three men were working inside a two-part modular trailer approximately 50 feet long that was being set up for use as temporary office space during remodeling work inside the main building, Sullivan said. The trailers had arrived at the site a day or two ago.

While the men were working inside, the trailers shifted, trapping the workers inside the structure between the two parts of the unit, Sullivan said.

While making a brief statement at the DOT site Thursday afternoon, Sullivan said it was too early to determine what caused the trailer to shift.

He also said it was too soon to know if there were any code violations that contributed to the accident or if criminal charges are warranted.

State police detectives attached to the DA’s office were seen entering and leaving the trailer and examining it from the outside.

Cabiya was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Holyoke about 12:35 p.m., Sullivan said.

The injured man, who has not been identified, was extricated and taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield about 10:15 a.m., according to the DA’s office.

A pair of construction cranes, capable of lifting about 30 tons, according to a crane operator at the scene, arrived at the DOT site in case they were needed to help remove the men from inside the trailer. The cranes were sent back after it was decided they would not be needed, Sullivan said.

State police troopers, DOT staff, and police and firefighters from Northampton, Amherst and Hatfield responded to the scene, which was cleared about 12:45 p.m.

Sullivan said the accident is under investigation by the Department of Industrial Accidents, the Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and state police detectives attached to the DA’s office.

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