Star City man dies working on highway


STAR CITY — A Star City man was killed in an accident Monday while working on the Interstate 530 extension about five miles southwest of Branchville off State Highway 11 South.

Leslie Leon Bennett, 32, was pronounced dead at 4:10 p.m. Monday by Lincoln County Coroner Jimmy Hawkins.

Lincoln County Chief Deputy David Parker said work crews were lifting a concrete pylon for an overpass with a crane when the crane boom suddenly broke off about 10 feet from the cab and fell on Bennett.

Hawkins said Bennett, who was an employee of Mobley Construction Co. of Morrilton, was killed instantly.

Workman at the scene said the ground shifted under the 222 Triple Monitowic 100 ton Crawler Crane, causing the load to shift and the boom to break.

Parker also said the federal inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were due on the scene to investigate the accident.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City.