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Second Worker Dies in Tunnel Construction

February 6, 1989

DOVER, England (AP) _ A workman was killed Monday when he was hit by heavy lifting equipment used in construction of the English Channel tunnel, police said.

David John Simes, 36, of Dover, is the second workman to be killed on the English construction site.

Tony Knowles, a spokesman for the company digging the tunnel, said the accident involved heavy lifting gear which moves the tunnel’s concrete lining blocks.

A government-appointed committee is investigating the Jan. 24 death of a 19-year-old tunnel worker who was crushed by a train carrying chalk waste from the tunnel face a half-mile from Dover.

The proposed 34-mile tunnel, 24 miles of which is underwater, consists of two one-way rail tunnels and a smaller service tunnel between them. It is being dug simultaneously from England and France under the English Channel, and is scheduled to open in 1993.

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