The Latest: Worker killed in Los Angeles port accident ID’d

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a fatal industrial accident at the Port of Los Angeles (all times local):

5 p.m.:

Officials have identified a dockworker killed in an industrial accident at the Port of Los Angeles.

He’s 56-year-old Jose Santoyo.

A port spokesman says Santoyo and an unidentified worker were repairing the tire of a container-handling top loader Wednesday morning when there was an explosion.

Preliminary reports indicated the tire, which was several feet tall, may have exploded.

The injured worker was taken to a hospital. There’s no immediate word on his condition.


12:01 p.m.:

A dockworker has been killed and another seriously injured in an accident at a Port of Los Angeles container terminal.

A port statement says the accident occurred at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday at Fenix Marine Services and involved container handling equipment.

The unidentified injured worker was taken to Harbor UCLA Medical Center.

The dead worker was only identified as a member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Port Executive Director Gene Seroka says it’s particularly tragic that the accident occurred on the day of the union’s annual “First Blood” commemoration. The event remembers workers killed in a melee during a 1934 strike and others killed on the job.

The accident is being investigated by port police, state occupational safety officials and the Coast Guard.

The container terminal remains closed.

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