Coroner: One dead in Jourdan River Steamer construction accident

Coroner: One dead in Jourdan River Steamer construction accident
Sheriff Ricky Adam said between 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., the flooring of the construction site collapsed on top of a construction worker. (Photo source: WLOX)
Sheriff Ricky Adam said between 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., the flooring of the construction site collapsed on top of a construction worker. (Photo source: WLOX)

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk confirms a concrete contractor was killed when the flooring collapsed at the site of the Jourdan River Steamer on Tuesday morning. Faulk identified the contractor as 54-year-old Gary Berthelot, of Hancock County.

Sheriff Ricky Adam said the accident happened between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.

According to witnesses and the owners of the Steamer, the concrete floor was freshly poured on top of the pilings and metal supports. Four construction workers, including Berthelot, were under the structure attempting to repair a sag when something went wrong.

Three of the workers ran and made it out from under the collapse, but, Berthelot wasn't quick enough. He was buried beneath the rubble.

Emergency officials arrived on the scene and pulled Berthelot's body from the debris.

The cause of the collapse is still under investigation, and we will have updates as the details are released.

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