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Authorities ID worker who died in Newton wall collapse

The scene Thursday. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe


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NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — The construction worker who died when a concrete wall at a construction site at a home in a Boston suburb collapsed on him has been identified as a 55-year-old Billerica man.

The man who died Thursday in Newton was identified by the Middlesex district attorney’s office Friday as Russell Harron.

Firefighters responded to the scene just before 8 a.m., Fire Chief Gino Lucchetti said. Rescuers needed specialized equipment to try and get to the victim, he said, and it quickly became apparent that what started as a rescue effort had turned into a recovery effort.

Harron was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy is scheduled.

No one else was hurt.

The roughly 10-foot tall (3 meters) wall in the yard was not attached to the house, Lucchetti said, but the district attorney described it as part of the foundation.

City police and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration responded to the scene and are also investigating.

Family members say Harron was a father of three.

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