FLORENCE — Authorities said a Mississippi man injured while working on a construction site in west Florence died Wednesday evening at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital.

Police detective Sgt. Greg Cobb said David Thornton, 55, Carthage, Mississippi, died at ECM from injuries he sustained in the accident.

Reports indicate that Thornton was critically injured in the accident that happened just before noon Wednesday.

Emergency personnel at the scene said the man walked behind a bulldozer and was struck. The accident happened in the 500 block of West Irvine Street, which is at the end of the street.

Authorities said the man was taken by Shoals Ambulance to ECM Hospital. An Air Evac air ambulance was deployed to the scene, but emergency personnel said due to the man’s condition it was decided to transport him to ECM to hopefully get him stabilized before flying him to Huntsville. However, that did not happen.

Cobb said no other workers were injured in the accident.

He said following the accident, work was stopped by the site superintendent.

The apartment complex is being developed by Mallory and Evans Development of Scottsdale, Georgia. The contractor for this development is Montgomery Martin Contractors based out of Memphis, Tennessee.

Reports indicate that Thornton was working for a subcontractor -- Pierce Construction and Contract Hauling of Union, Mississippi.

“We share our deep condolences with the family and co-workers of the subcontractor involved in the tragic accident,” officials with Mallory and Evans said in a release.

Company officials said “as with any workplace accident” the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be investigating.

Cobb said OSHA was contacted and was expected to be on the site sometime Thursday.

“OSHA will be leading the investigation, and our department will assist them any way we can,” Cobb said.

Work on the $24 million 420-bed apartment complex geared toward college students began in September.

The complex is expected to be complete in the fall of 2018.

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