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A 36-year-old Adelphi, Md. man has died of injuries sustained earlier today in a construction accident at the City of Baltimore's Back River Wastewater Treatment plant.

The Baltimore Environmental Police have identified the victim as Transito Rodriguez Cruz. 

Baltimore County Fire and EMS units were dispatched at 12:09 p.m. to a confined space rescue in the 8200 block of Eastern Ave, 21224. The victim was working in a large, secured trench on a construction project the at treatment plant when he was struck by the bucket of an excavator.

EMS crews immediately provided advanced medical care and transported him to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased.

The incident remains under investigation by both the Baltimore Environmental Police and the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

A 31-year-old man was killed in an industrial accident this morning in the unit block of Schilling Rd., 21030.  Michael David Zeller, of the 800 block of Creek Rd., 21221, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics from the Baltimore County Fire Department.

At 8:30 this morning, a medic unit from the Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a fall subject.  The location of the incident is a building which is currently under renovation.  Upon arrival, the medic crew found a single patient who was trapped in an elevator shaft.  Preliminary information indicates that the patient may have fallen approximately 20 feet and became trapped between a wall and the counter-weight from one of the elevators.

Crews immediately requested additional resources for a confined space rescue, including the Urban Search and Rescue Team from Texas Station #17.  Within fifteen minutes of the medic unit's arrival, the patient was extricated.  Zeller was pronounced dead at the scene.

There were no other injuries as a result of this incident.

The Baltimore County Police Department, along with Maryland Occupational Safety and Health, continue to investigate.

Baltimore County Fire Department tactical rescue experts Sunday evening rescued an 11-year-old boy who had fallen into a well on the grounds of a Rosedale McDonald's.BCoFD crews rescue boy from 35' well.

Crews from Texas Station #17, home of the BCoFD's tactical unit, and confined space teams from Pikesville and Bowleys Quarters volunteer fire companies were among the units dispatched at 6:39 p.m. to the 6300 block of Kenwood Avenue.

Two 11-year-old boys had been playing outside the McDonald's when they fell into a 36-inch, stone-lined opening that was covered with landscape fabric and mulch. One of the boys started to fall into the hole but was able to get out before he fell in completely; he called for help. The other boy was stuck 30 to 45 feet below the surface.

Crews from Station 17's Tower 17 used a rope system to lower a firefighter into the hole, where he was able to reach the boy and secure him to a harness. At 7:15 p.m., rescue crews lifted both the boy and the firefighter to safety.

Both boys were transported to Johns Hopkins Children's Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The hole appears to be an old well and is the property of McDonald's. This morning, Baltimore County Public Works crews covered it with a steel plate for safety.

A firefighter from Tower 17 brings up the boy who fell into this well.

Revised June 27, 2017