The new indoor activity center at Argyle High School in suburban Dallas was supposed to help bring the community together, providing a training home for athletic teams and other clubs and activities alike. Instead it’s proved a major point of trauma thanks to two untimely deaths in the span of one week.
As reported by the Dallas Morning News, among other outlets, a second member of the building construction crew working on the Argyle facility was pronounced dead on Tuesday after a freak accident involving the extended flatbed truck used for transporting building materials. The Morning News and KDFW both reported that the latest victim at the construction site was 22-year-old Daniel Moran, who tragically was run over by his own father at the site. According to Jose Moran, Daniel’s foot somehow got caught under the axle of one of the truck’s wheels and was pulled underneath and crushed.
Daniel Moran’s death followed just four days after 36-year-old Julio Cesar Ledesma Perez died when the lift he was in was struck by the collapsing framework of the new indoor facility.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into both deaths, though there is no indication that either resulted from a lack of oversight or planning. Nevertheless, Northstar Builders Group, which is contracted to complete the new facility, suspended construction at the site pending the hiring of a safety coordinator. Construction will not resume until a formal report into the accidents is completed and filed.
In the meantime, those at the school have described a surreal atmosphere that has emerged in the aftermath of the two deaths.
“People seem to be overwhelmed,” Argyle High student Arya Monticino told the Morning News. “It’s just so much to deal with, the deaths being so close together. People are ranging from outspokenly mad about the situation to very quiet and solemn.”