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PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Firefighters say a bulldozer has been buried by an “avalanche” of sand at a Massachusetts gravel site, killing a worker.

Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz identifies the construction company worker killed Tuesday as 65-year-old Whitman resident Charles Pace.

Plymouth fire Chief Edward Bradley says about 12 feet of sand fell on Pace and the bulldozer he was operating, “almost like an avalanche.”

Cruz says the accident happened at a PA Landers Inc. sand and gravel site. The district attorney’s office, local police and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

PA Landers says it has no immediate comment because of the ongoing investigation. The Hanover-based company says on its website it’s committed to “operational excellence, ethical business practices and unwavering courage in the face of adversity.”