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MCCLURE -- A 51-year-old Stonefort man was the victim in a fatal construction accident Tuesday afternoon in Alexander County, officials say.

Zane A. Martin was one of the crew members widening a stretch of Illinois 146 in between the intersection of Illinois 3 and East Cape.  The crew was installing a box culvert when a section of the work zone collapsed, trapping Martin under at least a foot of drying concrete.

The accident happened at 1:20 p.m.  Martin was pronounced dead at the scene by the Alexander County coroner.  The coroner's office and officials with Occupational Safety and Health Administration continue to investigate the incident.

Traffic was halted immediately after the incident; the road was reopened after about two hours.

The Associated Press contributed information to this report

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