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Contractor dies after being struck by falling steel plate in trench on Disneyland property, authorities say

Posted at 1:33 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 16:33:26-04

ANAHEIM, Calif. — A 37-year-old contractor was transported to a hospital and died after a steel plate fell on him while he was working in a trench near an employee entrance to Disneyland on Thursday morning, authorities said.

Firefighters responded about 3:20 a.m. to the scene in the 1000 block West Ball Road.

The injured worker went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to a medical center, where he was later pronounced dead, according to Anaheim Fire & Rescue. The agency described the incident as a "sad accident."

Orange County coroner's office identified the deceased man as Javier Jimenez.

A spokesperson for Disneyland Resort released a statement after Jimenez passed away.

"We are saddened by this tragic accident involving a contractor and on behalf of Disneyland Resort extend our deepest sympathies to this gentleman's family, friends and coworkers," the statement said.