Authorities have identified the semitrailer driver who was killed Friday at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor as Kevin Campbell, of Crown Point.
Campbell suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by another truck driver at the mill. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died near midnight Saturday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. A family member identified him as 69 years old.
"It's very unfortunate this occurred, even if it wasn't one of our employees," United Steelworkers Local 6787 President Pete Trinidad said. "Steel mills are a dangerous place to work."
The USW hopes to be part of an investigation ArcelorMittal will do into the accident, to determine if any new safety measures are needed at the former Bethlehem Steel Mill on the Lake Michigan shore in Porter County.
"They're going to be looking at this," Trinidad said. "They'll see if there is some type of method to better secure their loads without putting them in harm's way."
The union is arranging for counseling for anyone who needs it because several people were in the area at the time of the accident.
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"It was very gruesome," Trinidad said. "It was horrific. It was very bad. It was an accident nobody expected. This mill has a pretty good record with safety."
Campbell had been hauling steel for PI&I Motor Express in Portage. A representative of the company said it would issue a statement later this week. Online business databases suggest Campbell might have been an independent driver who took jobs for trucking companies.
Campbell's death was the first at the Burns Harbor steel mill this year.
Last year, Kenneth Gish, 61, of Wanatah, died after falling off scaffolding by the basic oxygen furnace. And Gregory J. Sebahar, a 53-year-old Schererville resident, fell to his death in an elevator shaft there last year.
Two steelworkers, Charles Kremke and Jonathan Arizzola, have died in accidents at U.S. Steel's Gary Works this year.