Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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August 6, 2013

Road construction worker dies in accident

WHEELER — An accident in a construction zone left one worker dead early Tuesday.

According to Illinois State Police District 12, at 8:22 a.m. on Illinois 33, one mile east of Wheeler, Robert Backhus, 71, of Effingham was driving a 2002 Peterbilt dump truck while Allan L. Buenker, 54, also of rural Effingham was standing behind the vehicle, giving Backhus directions to back up.

Backhus lost sight of Buenker and struck him with the vehicle and proceeded to roll over Buenker. Buenker was pronounced dead at the scene by Jasper County Coroner Jason Meyer. Backhus was taken to St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Investigation into the incident is pending.

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