Air Force base runway project claims a life

COLUMBUS — A contract worker involved in an accident at Columbus Air Force Base has died from his injuries.

Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant says 24-year-old James Meyers of Columbus was working on a runway project on the base when he was injured.

Merchant says it appears Meyers died from blunt force trauma. Merchant says he died at Baptist Memorial Golden Triangle yesterday afternoon.

Meyers worked for R.C. Construction of Greenwood.

The incident is being investigated.

Columbus Air Force Base officials say Myers was a contract worker on a runway project and not a CAFB employee.

Workers are tearing up and rebuilding almost the entire center runway at the base. The project is expected to be completed in September.

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