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By TERRI LIKENS
An Iowa man has indirectly become the first fatality of the TVA fly ash disaster.
According to TVA officials, 55-year-old Larry LaCroix died after an accident on the job at TVA's Kingston Fossil Plant Monday morning.
LaCroix, who was employed by W.W. Transport of West Burlington, Iowa, brought a load of 20-inch diameter pipes to the Kingston Steam Plant. While releasing the straps holding the load, one or more pipes fell on him.
The pipes were to be used in the dredging operation, and the accident happened south of the failed dredge cell, said TVA spokeswoamn Barbara Martocci. She could not immediately say what the pipe was made of.
LaCroix was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he died.
TVA executive Anda Ray issued a statement expressing condolences to LaCroix's family and fellow workers. "We need to know what happened and why, as soon as possible, so that everyone touched by this accident can make the necessary changes to prevent a recurrence. TVA and Jacobs Engineering will fully investigate the circumstances
of the accident," Ray said. "We appreciate the Roane County emergency personnel who responded to this accident today."