The Chronicle Herald - Thursday April 25, 1968

2 Die in 107 -Foot Plunge


Two men were killed early last evening when they fell 107 feet after a staging between the towers gave way at the site of the new Narrows Bridge in Dartmouth.
Dead are Joseph A. Bellefountaine, 42, of 6040 Willow Street, and Wilfred Joseph King, 28, of 5662 South Street.
A third man, Patrick Woods, 23 1/2 Fairbanks Street, Dartmouth, who was on the staging at the time, jumped to the steel bars at the top of the tower and held on until a crane operator, picked him up, police said.
The accident occured at 5 p.m. while the men were directing the pouring of cement at the top of the tower police said.  The two were pronounced dead at the scene.
The tower was the nearest one to the harbor water on the Dartmouth side of the construction for the new four lane bridge.
The staging the men were on was between the two posts of the tower.  They fell to the concrete support base for the tower, police said.
The men were employed by the McAlpine Construction Company which has the contrct for the sub-structure of the new bridge.
Dartmouth police are investigating.  It is not known if a magisterial inquiry will be held.
The deaths of the two construction workers brings to three the number killed since work began last year on the second harbor span.
A diver working inside a caisson on the Halifax side of the harbor died earlier this year.
Seven men died during the construction of the Angus L. Macdonald bridge, opened in 1955.  

NOTE: Wilfred Joseph King was a son of William King and Isabella Guitard
Joseph Bellefontaine was a son of Cletus Joseph Bellefountaine and Lucy Ferilda Doiron



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