- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A veteran Alaska Department of Transportation worker has died of injuries suffered in a fall from heavy equipment at a remote Dalton Highway maintenance camp.

William L. Evans, 64, of Fairbanks, died Friday morning at the Chandalar maintenance camp at Mile 239.4 Dalton Highway.

Workers at the camp 230 miles north of Fairbanks plow snow and maintain the road to Prudhoe Bay between Miles 209 to 284. That includes Atigun Pass, the steep, winding route through the Brooks Range, and the Chandalar Shelf, Department of Transportation spokeswoman Hannah Blankenship said by email.

Evans was a journeyman II equipment operator. He had been with the department for 10 years and was on the job when the incident occurred.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Coldfoot at Mile 175 took a call just before 7 a.m. that a worker had fallen from a piece of heavy equipment and had sustained life-threatening injuries. Evans fell from a grader, Blankenship said. The caller said people at the scene administered CPR.

A trooper arrived on scene and helped efforts to save Evans‘ life.

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. also responded. A helicopter carrying a paramedic took off from Pump Station 5 and flew to the Chandalar camp with plans to move Evans to the Coldfoot airstrip, where a Guardian Flight air ambulance was ready to be used. But at 10:30 a.m., Evans was pronounced dead by medics from Pump Station 5.

An autopsy by the state medical examiner has been scheduled.

Troopers and the state Occupational Safety & Health Administration are investigating the incident.

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