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    Construction Worker Killed in Accident at High School
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    A 32-year-old worker was crushed and died in an excavation machine while doing tree removal work at Naugatuck High School on Wednesday.

    Police are investigating after construction worker for a company subcontracted to remove trees was killed in an accident at Naugatuck High School on Wednesday.

    Naugatuck police, firefighters and ambulance personnel responded to the accident involving construction equipment in the upper high school student parking lot on Millville Avenue at about 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday Naugatuck police said on Facebook.

    "The worker was removed from the piece of equipment he was operating," Lt. Bryan Cammarata with the Naugatuck police said. "It appeared that he was crushed in the machine. The circumstances leading up to that are something that we’re still looking at so we don’t have a lot of answers to that at this time."

    Luis Albaro Ortega-Ortega, 32, was identified as the worker who was injured and transported to a hospital, but later died.

    The company employing the worker was subcontracted for tree removal services, police said.

    The lot is near Lorann Drive and is owned by the Borough of Naugatuck.

    Police said it wouldn't affect students being able to remove their cars after school ended.

    Naugatuck police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the fatal construction accident.