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Orange City Police Conducting Industrial Death Investigation

Date Added: May 01, 2018 4:00 pm

Lt. Jason Sampsell
Public Information Officer
386-775-5482 office
386-804-8434 cell


On this date at approximately 11:51 AM, Orange City Police and Fire/Rescue units responded to 915 Harley Strickland Blvd regarding a person run over by an asphalt paving machine. Said location is a medical facility currently under construction. Once on scene investigation revealed that a paving crew worker, identified as 72 year old Ulysses Tolbert of Deltona, Florida, was operating an asphalt paver and was relocating the paving machine to another area of the parking lot under construction. For unknown reasons, Tolbert fell from driving platform of the paving machine and was partially run over by the paving machine. Fellow workers quickly stopped the paving machine and attempted to lift the paving machine with a skid steer to no avail. Tolbert was pronounced deceased at the scene by Orange City Fire Rescue. A large heavy duty wrecker was summoned to the scene to lift the paving machine to remove the body.

The Paving Contractor completing the parking lot paving work was identified as Pavemax Asphalt Services. The Medical Examiner’s office responded and took custody of Tolbert. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) was contacted as part of protocol and was advised of the above incident. This death investigation is ongoing. If you should have information regarding this incident, please contact Detective Ken Jones at (386) 775-5478.  

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