Fatal work accident at gravel pit near Brookings

On Tuesday, the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office, Aurora Fire Department, and Brookings Ambulance were dispatched to a gravel pit near 477th Avenue and 211th Street in rural Brookings County. When the crews arrived, they learned an employee at the site was found deceased. The worker was identified as Izak Wixon, 19, of Brookings, SD.

It appears Izak was working near a large piece of machinery at the time of the accident. Other workers were at the site; however, Izak was alone at the time of the accident. Izak was discovered by other employees shortly after it is believed the accident occurred and was already deceased.

This incident remains under investigation by the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).