UPDATED at 12:15 p.m. Friday with identification of man.
HARTFORD • A man working on a barge in the Mississippi River here died after being struck by a chain that broke under tension, Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn's office said Friday.
Preliminary autopsy results show that Jason T. Sagez, 23, of Hardin, Ill., died of blunt-force trauma to the pelvis, the coroner's office said. Sagez was employed by Hartford company National Maintenance & Repair.
Sagez was working on a towboat propeller when the chain broke. Police were called to the river at 5:12 p.m. after Sagez fell or was knocked in the water. Coworkers pulled him from the river before emergency responders arrived.
He was pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m. after attempts to revive him failed.
The investigation into the accident is ongoing and being handled by the Hartford Police Department and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hanks-Gress Funeral Home in Hardin.
Hartford is about 20 miles northeast of St. Louis.
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