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Columbus Junction man killed in excavation cave-in

Feb 20, 2018

By David Hotle, Golden Triangle News Service


COLUMBUS JUNCTION — One man was reported dead following a cave-in accident on Friday, Feb. 16.

According to a news release from the Columbus Junction Police Department, Anthony Hills, 52, owner and operator of Hills Construction, was pronounced dead after an excavated area he was working in caved in while repairs were being done to a sewer line.

An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation is being conducted and further information is pending the results of the investigation.

Ten agencies were called to assist with the incident. The original call came into the Louisa County switchboard at about 2:45 p.m. At 3:01 p.m., the Washington Fire Department was called for a road cave-in at 200 Main Street in Columbus Junction. The caller reported needing a trench rescue. Washington Fire Department responded and assisted Louisa County.

Funeral services for Hills will be 10:30 a.m., on Thursday at the Stacy-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services in Columbus Junction. Burial will be in the Columbus City Cemetery.

According to his obituary, Hills was born on Aug. 21, 1965, the son of William R. and Margaret Karyn (Bell) Hills and was a 1984 graduate of Columbus Community School. He owned and operated Hills Construction for over 25 years.

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