One person dead at Deep Rock Tunnel project on South Tibbs

Worker dies at deep rock tunnel site on S. Tibbs Avenue.
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (OSHA), will be looking into the death of a contractor at the site of Indianapolis' Deep Rock Tunnel project.

An EMS ambulance was called to the project site, in the 6600 block of South Tibbs Avenue, around 3:00 a.m. About an hour later, the worker was pronounced dead at the scene. All workers, about 8 to 10 of them, have been removed from the tunnel. Citizens Energy is overseeing the project. Company spokesperson Sarah Holsapple says earlier reports of a tunnel collapse are not true, saying the infrastructure is safe.

Holsapple says they are withholding the identity of the contractor until they have notified family members. She says work at the tunnel has been shut down and will remain that way until OSHA has completed its investigation into what happened.

The $1.6 billion dollar deep rock tunnel project is one the city has been working on to clean up the rivers and streams around Indianapolis. The idea behind the tunnel is to hold sewage water until water treatment plants can handle it. Right now, rain water and waste water are going into the same sewers, with sewage going right into local rivers.

This story will be updated.