Worker Dies After Crane Overturns at Illinois Refinery

A contractor died after a crane overturned at a refinery in an Illinois suburb of St. Louis, a coroner said.

Chad L. Crabtree, 47, of Owensboro, Kentucky, was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident Tuesday afternoon at the Philips 66 Refinery in Roxana, 17 miles northeast of St. Louis, Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn said.

Crabtree was a project manager for Sterett Crane & Rigging, a subcontractor at the refinery, Nonn said.

During the operation of the crane, a mechanical malfunction occurred and caused the crane to overturn, Nonn said.

Crabtree sustained head trauma, he said.

A second man operating the crane was also injured and transported to a hospital, Nonn said.

The incident remains under investigation by the Roxana Police Department and workplace safety investigators, Nonn said.

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