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Construction Worker's Name Added to 'Memorial List' 56 Years After His Death

April 26, 2018 11:34 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A 7th person to die while working on Southeast Minnesota roads is being honored. A new name was added to the "Workers Memorial List", however, there hasn't been a road construction fatality since 1994.

"Grandpa only had the opportunity of holding four of us before he was killed on the bridge in 1962," said Dawn Lowery.

Lowery was one of the lucky grandkids, but she was only three when her grandfather, John Biever, was killed while working on a state highway near Houston, Minnesota.

"He was operating an air compressor and there was this plume of dust that sort of covered him and a truck driver didn't see him and hit him," she said.

Biever was 54 when he died. "My mom said that our father - his [Biever’s] son - was never the same … you know, after losing his father," said Lowery.

Only two months on the job with MnDOT District 6, Anne Meyer, stumbled across an old newspaper clipping. "We realized that, no, he wasn't included on the Worker Memorial List. We started to do some additional research and from this day forward, we will always remember John Biever on this day."

Lowery made the trip to Rochester from out of state so people know what this means to her and her family. “It eases the tragedy of his loss that nearly 56 years after his death, he is still remembered."

A woman who only wishes she had more time with her grandfather, urges people to take more time in construction zones. "Watch the speed limit and drive safely. These workers have families too that they want to get home to," said Lowery.
 

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