Baylor To Honor Construction Worker Killed In Stadium Accident

By: Matt Howerton Email
By: Matt Howerton Email
A plaque will be placed in memory of a worker killed in a Baylor stadium construction accident.

(Photo by Matt Howerton)

WACO (February 16, 2014) Baylor University has announced plans to honor a construction worker killed in a January construction accident.

Jose Suarez, 55, of Manor, drowned January 28th.

Suarez and another worker were dragged into the water when the equipment to which they were tethered toppled into the Brazos River.

The other worker managed to free himself and survived.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is still investigating.

The school announced Saturday that a plaque honoring Suarez would be placed on the Umphrey Pedestrian Bridge.

The bridge will connect the new McLane Stadium to Baylor's campus.

The pedestrian bridge across the river is part of a package of infrastructure improvements for which the Waco City Council agreed to contribute $35 million, the largest economic contribution in McLennan County’s history.

The 45,000-seat stadium, scheduled for completion in time for the start of the 2014 season, is under construction on a 93-acre site just off Interstate 35 along the river.

Ground was broken for the stadium in September 2012.

In late July 2013, crews went to work to tear down Baylor’s Hughes-Dillard Alumni Center to make way for the bridge after U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith lifted a temporary restraining order that barred the school from razing the building.

Smith issued the order earlier that month in response to a lawsuit that a Baylor graduate filed over an agreement reached in June 2013 between the university and officials of the independent Baylor Alumni Association that cleared the way for demolition of the building.

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