Man dies after being 'impaled' by beam in Wellington

FORT COLLINS COLORADOAN - A 48-year-old Wellington man died Tuesday after he was impaled by a beam in an industrial incident north of Fort Collins.

Emergency crews were dispatched about 12:42 p.m. Tuesday to reports of a beam that struck a person in the back at Front Range Steel in Wellington. Rescuers responded and located the man who was "impaled" in the back with a 16-inch long beam, said Rachael Gonzales, spokeswoman for the Wellington Fire Protection District.

First responders performed CPR, and the man, identified Wednesday as William J. Williams, was flown by Air Link helicopter from the facility at 3620 Jefferson Ave. in Wellington to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, where he died. A Wednesday morning autopsy revealed the man died of multiple blunt force trauma.

"We are a tight-knit, family-run company with a lot of long-term employees. This employee was with us for over 10 years and we will miss him. He was a valued operator of equipment and machinery and skilled at his job," owners Robert and Adam Stribling wrote in a prepared statement.

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