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Worker, 20, killed in Leonia construction accident

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ONLY ON CVP: Arrangements were being made to return the body of a 20-year-old worker killed in a construction accident in Leonia over the weekend to his homeland.

Denis Batres Duarte died after being struck in the head by a concrete sidewalk slab, Leonia Police Chief Jay Ziegler told


The incident occurred Saturday on Van Orden Avenue, near Broad Avenue, where a four-member crew was repairing a sidewalk for a resident, Ziegler said.

“The concrete slab was being moved with chains and a small back hoe when the accident occurred,” the chief said.

Duarte, who recently lived in Fairview, was pronounced dead at the scene, he said. His body was being returned to Guatemala, Ziegler said.

Investigating were Leonia Police, the Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office and OSHA.

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