By Tim Jimenez
Falls Twp., Pa., (CBS) — A freak accident left one man dead on the job in Bucks County. Authorities say he was crushed by a collapsing pile of rock salt, measuring 100 feet tall.READ MORE: Gas Prices Up In New Jersey, Around Nation Amid Refinery Outages
A man on the job, and just like that, his life was taken away.
“All indications are, just a tragic accident, but it is obviously still under investigation,” says Falls Township Fire Marshal Rich Dippolito.
Dippolito says it happened around 3:30 in the afternoon at the International Salt Storage facility off Bordentown Road. He says a man in an excavator was working on a massive mountain of rock salt.READ MORE: 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday' Goes Deeper Into Background Of Classic 'Lady Sings The Blues'
“When the salt pile collapsed around his excavator, he was trapped inside,” says Dippolito.
Rescuers arrived, trying to get the man out, but Dippolito says they were overwhelmed.
“The salt kept collapsing around us. We had to hook up heavy equipment to pull the excavator away to actually get to the patient,” he said.MORE NEWS: Fire Crews Rush To Battle Burning House In Delaware County
And when they finally reached him, he says it was too late. Authorities have not identified the victim. No one else was injured.