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Worker killed after truck tips over on I-84 ramp

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The on ramp is closed on the eastbound of Interstate 84 in West Hartford near exit 43 is closed because of the 1-vehicle crash. (WFSB) The on ramp is closed on the eastbound of Interstate 84 in West Hartford near exit 43 is closed because of the 1-vehicle crash. (WFSB)
This tractor-trailer was spotted dangling over Trout Brook in West Hartford. (WFSB) This tractor-trailer was spotted dangling over Trout Brook in West Hartford. (WFSB)
There is no word on injuries during the crash. (WFSB) There is no word on injuries during the crash. (WFSB)
WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A man has died after his life truck tipped over while on Interstate 84 in West Hartford on Wednesday afternoon.

The eastbound on ramp near exit 43 from Park Road as well as Trout Brook Drive in West Hartford, which is underneath the bridge, were closed because of the one-vehicle crash.

The truck was dangling over the edge of the highway.

State Police have identified the worker who died as 43-year-old William Shook, of Middlefield.

Police said the truck had a malfunction and the vehicle flipped at around 1:30 p.m. 

Shook was rushed to St. Francis Hospital in Hartford where he died.

"Anytime there's a fatality that's a sad situation," said West Hartford Fire Chief Richard Winn, who added that at the time of the incident there was one operator and a crew there.

State police said they expected the on ramp and Trout Brook Drive to be closed for an extended period of time.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the crash because it is an industrial accident.

A hazmat crew was called to the scene because the truck was flipped over a body of water.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

At a little before 9 p.m., crews closed the highway between exits 43 and 42 to remove the truck.

This incident comes just one day after two men were stuck dangling in a bucket off of the Gold Star Bridge in Groton during an inspection. The DOT was using the same subcontractor in both cases, McClain and Company.

Even before the wrecker pulled the truck back onto the highway, the DOT had suspended doing business with McClain and Company.

"They're making sure we can get this operation without hurting anyone, or anyone else getting killed," Winn said.

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