Construction worker drowns when scaffolding collapses over Salamonie Lake

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HUNTINGTON COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) — A construction worker drown Tuesday morning when the scaffolding he was on collapsed at the State Road 105 bridge that crosses Salamonie Lake in Huntington County.

According to a news release from the Huntington County Coroner’s Office, the man’s body was recovered in about 39 feet of water by a dive team with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. He was wearing the required harness, but it was not tethered at the time of the incident.

On Wednesday, the Huntington County Coroner identified the victim as 61-year-old Brian C. Fights of Berne. An autopsy found Fights died of asphyxia due to drowning and his death was ruled accidental.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division and Indiana OSHA is investigating the incident.

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