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Construction accident kills workman in Los Angeles subway

February 15, 1997

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A subway worker was crushed to death Saturday when a chain holding a 7-foot wide bucket snapped and pinned him against a tunnel wall beneath Hollywood Boulevard.

Jaime Pasillas, 52, of Los Angeles, was the first worker killed in four years of work on the Metro Rail Red Line.

Pasillas was killed by a 7-foot-wide triangular ``skip bucket″ used to haul construction tools and debris, said Ed Scannell, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

``One of two chains supporting the bucket snapped, and the bucket swung, pinning the man,″ Scannell said.

The Red Line project began in 1993, and one section is in operation from the downtown Union Station westward.

Pasillas was working in the subway’s north-south leg through Hollywood and the Santa Monica Mountains into the San Fernando Valley, which is scheduled to open in 2002.

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