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LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) – A contract worker involved in an accident Wednesday (5-15)  afternoon at Columbus Air Force Base has died from his injuries.

According to Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant, 24 year old James Meyers, of Columbus, was working for R-C Construction, on the base, when he was fatally injured.

Early indications are that Meyers died from blunt force trauma.

Scanner traffic indicated that Meyers suffered some sort of crushing injury to his upper body.

Meyers had only been on the job for about 3 weeks.

Sources close to WCBI indicate that he may have gotten too close to a pavement milling machine.

The accident happened around 3 o’clock Wednesday (5-15) afternoon.

He was rushed to Baptist Memorial Golden Triangle.

Meyers is survived by his wife and 3 month old child. The investigation into the death continues.

Columbus Air Force Base confirmed that Myers was a contract worker on the runway project and not a CAFB employee.

Babcock Construction of Pheba has the $31.1 million contract to tear up and rebuild almost the entire center runway at the base.

The project is expected to be completed in September.

It’s the first rebuilding of the runway since it was built in 1958.

The runway is the longest East of the Mississippi River.

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  • Ed

    That’s the second worker thats been “KILLED” at the base in just a few months. Do they have no contract management on the base and/or safety departments to oversee this work…..how many more will die out there? It’s clear the contractors are very lax on safety……OSHA needs to take a good long look at this and bring charges where due.

  • Jim

    In reference to Ed; have you ever worked on a military installation? I have for 28 of the last 30 years, mostly at Columbus. NOTHING is emphasized and scrutinized more than safety. Emphasis and training, however, does not eliminate the human factor. Humans do make mistakes and accidents do happen. This is not to take away from the tragedy of another lost life. My thoughts are with his widow and young child.

  • Michael

    what were the circumstances with the first worker killed in the past few months before this death on may 15?

  • Steve Rogers

    If you are referring to the accident where the contract worker died tragically as a result of electricution, Coroner Greg Merchant says federal and local investigators determined it to be an error by the victim.

  • Bethaney Rodgers

    Thank you this was my little brother and I know for a fact in just being there 3 weeks he was not trained well enough to work machinery let alone his body fully turned in the machine before it was stopped. So yea they have safety issues that should be corrected

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