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COLUMBUS, MISS. — A contract worker involved in an accident at Columbus Air Force Base has died from his injuries.
Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant said 24-year-old James Meyers of Columbus was working on a runway project on the base when he was injured Wednesday.
Authorities said Myers and others were cleaning a concrete finishing machine when his safety vest caught on the equipment and he was pulled into the machine and crushed.
Merchant said it appears Meyers died from blunt force trauma to the body.
The incident is being investigated.
Myers worked for R.C. Construction of Greenwood.
Workers are tearing up and rebuilding almost the entire center runway at the base. The project is expected to be completed in September.