A City of Arkansas City employee was injured fatally Dec. 21 in a workplace accident at the Public Works Department central shop.

City of Arkansas City logoThe employee was transported by ambulance to South Central Kansas Medical Center in critical condition and subsequently transferred by ambulance to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

The employee died about an hour after arriving at Wesley.

The Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department was dispatched around 1:43 p.m. to the shop, located at 1407 W. Madison Ave., for a report of a pedestrian who had been struck by a street sweeper.

It was determined that the accident occurred within the shop premises and involved the operator of the street sweeper.

No one else was injured. The exact cause of the accident is still being investigated.

Paramedics stabilized the employee, who initially was not breathing, at the scene for transport.

The Arkansas City Police Department is investigating the accident. Further details will be released as necessary.

The employee’s name is not being released at this time, pending notification of family.

This information was provided by City of Arkansas City Public Information Officer and Special Projects Coordinator Andrew Lawson.