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Wilmington Man Killed in N.H. Industrial Accident

April 3, 2019

CHESTER, N.H. -- A Wilmington man was killed Monday while performing maintenance on a dragline crane in the sand pits behind a housing development known as Mill Pine Village.

Alfred Rongone, 82, was pulled into the engine compartment of the machine while it was running, according to a release by Chester Police Chief Aaron P. Berube.

Berube said officers were dispatched to the scene of the housing development at approximately 8:40 p.m. after receiving a call from Wayne Britton, the property owner.

Rongone was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.

“No foul play was suspected at all,” Berube said Wednesday in an interview. “It’s an unfortunate accident that happened.”

Rongone was the owner of Alfred Rongone and Sons Incorporated, according to Berube. The Sun was unable to reach someone from the business Wednesday.

Chester police were assisted by members of the Chester Fire Department, Sandown Fire Department, and the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

“Our portion (of the investigation) has concluded,” Berube said. The Medical Examiner’s Office, who also responded, came out and their preliminary investigation showed that it was an accidental death.”

Chester is in southeast New Hampshire, in Rockingham County.

This is a developing story.

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