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Worker dies at American Dream mall construction site, officials say

Posted at 1:52 PM, Oct 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-10 17:16:39-04

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.  — Authorities say a worker has died at the construction site of a soon-to-open New Jersey megamall and entertainment complex.

The accident occurred Wednesday afternoon at the American Dream mall at the Meadowlands complex in New York City's metropolitan area.

New Jersey state police say 37-year-old Eric Papenfuhs was operating a utility vehicle on a parking deck when he struck a parked flatbed trailer.

The Hampton man was pronounced dead at Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Center.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

The mall featuring theme parks, an indoor ski slope, high-end shopping and dining is scheduled to open in two weeks.