Fatal accident under investigation in Westborough


Fatal accident under investigation in Westborough
Just beyond this row of trailers in a facility off Computer Drive, a man was killed when a trailer collapsed on top of him on Wednesday, Dec. 27. Photo by Maureen Sullivan

Update: This article has been updated with the name of the victim. 

WESTBOROUGH – State Police and other authorities are investigating a fatal accident that occurred this morning at a trucking facility behind 4400 Computer Drive.

According to Fire Chief Patrick Purcell, at 9:19 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27, police responded to a 911 call of an employee who was injured and unresponsive.

The employee was performing maintenance on a 53-foot box semi-trailer when it collapsed and fell on him. Purcell said that the semi-trailer was full of water and other items.

He added that upon arrival, paramedics treated the trapped man. However, his injuries were “significant,” and was pronounced dead about one hour later.

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early’s Office has identified him as Pablo Franciso Otano Aponte, of Worcester.

Westborough Fire and Police remained on the scene for most of the day in support of State Police assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office and OSHA, according to Police Chief Todd Minardi.

“This is an unfortunate workplace accident,” said Minardi.

“You don’t like to see that [during the holidays],” said Purcell.

In a statement issued Dec. 28, Early’s office said the initial investigation into the incident suggests that it was a “tragic accident.”

The incident remains under investigation.

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