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New plan developed for recovering final worker in power plant collapse

Posted at 2:28 PM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 14:28:32-05

MANCHESTER, Ohio — A new engineering plan has been developed for the continuing search for the remaining missing worker trapped beneath the rubble of the collapsed Killen Generating Station in Adams County.

On Monday, the Adamo Group, for whom missing Jamie Fitzgerald and four others who were trapped in the collapse worked, announced they expected it could take a month before they're able to reach the area they believe Fitzgerald's body may be. The company said a new engineering plan was necessary to continue to search.

On Wednesday, the company announced the new plan was complete, developed by Thornton Tomasetti, and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is permitting the search to resume with this plan in place.

The Adamo Group said the plan was approved Wednesday afternoon, but did not specify when the search efforts would resume.

First responders rescued three trapped men on the day of the collapse. They were hospitalized in stable condition. Three days later, crews recovered the body of Clyde Douglas Gray.