Two die in Bethany Beach industrial accident

November 3, 2020

Two men died Nov. 2 after falling into electrical wires while working on a Bethany Beach water tower.

The two men, Jovan Maldonado, 22 and Bryan Maldonado Andino, 23, both from Puerto Rico, were working for the Velex company to install new antennas on the Sussex Shores Water Company water tower, said Master Cpl. Heather Pepper of the Delaware State Police.

The men were about 120 feet in the air at about 10:30 a.m. working in a Z135 Man Lift above Waterworks Court when a strong gust of wind tipped over the lift, which became entangled in surrounding electrical wires as it fell to the ground, Pepper said.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

A southbound lane of Route 1 remained closed for about four hours during the investigation, which remains active and ongoing.

The Division of Forensic Science and the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration are assisting with the investigation. Anyone with information should contact Detective P. Hailey with Delaware State Police Troop 4 Criminal Investigative Unit by calling 302-752-3810 or emailing


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