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2 dead in manlift accident that shuts part of Coastal Highway in Bethany Beach

Two men died while installing antennas on a water tower Monday in Bethany Beach in what Delaware State Police and other first responders deemed an "industrial accident."

State Police responded to the reported accident at 10:30 a.m. near Coastal Highway and Waterworks Court, according to a Monday evening news release.

Delaware State Police on Monday investigated an industrial accident located in the area of Coastal Highway and Water Works Court, Bethany Beach. Two men were reportedly killed when the hydraulic lift they were working from apparently topped over due to high winds.

There, they determined that a 22-year-old man and a 23-year-old man has been working in a Z135 Man Lift installing antennas on the water tower of Sussex Shores Water Co. at 39602 Waterworks Court.

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The men were working about 120 feet off the ground when a strong wind caused the lift to tip over and become tangled in the surrounding electrical wires as it fell to the ground, police said.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Identification of the two men is pending notification to their next of kin.

The accident prompted the shutdown of one southbound lane of Coastal Highway for about four hours as police investigated.

Police said both the Division of Forensic Science and US Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA) are assisting with the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective P. Hailey by calling (302) 752-3810 or emailing Kimberly.Haley@delaware.gov.