WASHINGTON COUNTY - Two Pennsylvania men were crushed to death Tuesday after a crate filled with 200-pound drilling rods fell on them as they were installing underground fiber-optic cables along U.S. 40 west of Hagerstown.
Mark Andrew Goshorn, 25, of Blairs Mills, Pa., and Jamie L. Peterson, 29, of Spring Run, Pa., were employees of Leon E. Wintermyer Inc. of Etters, Pa., according to Assistant Fire Chief Bob Daley of Maugansville Fire Co. Leon E. Wintermyer Inc. specializes in excavation, installing underground utilities, paving, directional drilling and heavy hauling, according to its Web site.
Several attempts were made to contact Wintermyer, but company officials had not returned messages by Tuesday evening.
Daley said the workers were killed when "tons of drilling bits fell from the drilling machine," pinning them below.
Both men were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Maryland State Police.
The accident occurred shortly after 10 a.m. when they and other workers were attempting to remove the crate from the top of their Navigator directional drilling machine. Police estimated the crate weighed about 8,000 pounds when it rolled off to the right of the machine, striking the men.