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20-year-old dies building roller coaster, Iowa reports say. “The Sweetest Boy Ever”

A 20-year-old contractor at an Iowa theme park was killed in a work accident on Monday, Jan. 23, Iowa media reported.

Zachary Alesky was working at Adventureland Park in Altonna when he slipped on ice while carrying a steel beam, according to KCCI. The beam “crushed his chest,” the station reported.

First responders performed life-saving measures and the 20-year-old from Illinois was taken to the hospital, where he died. Altoona Police Lieutenant Alyssa Wilson said on Twitter. The incident is being investigated, but police do not consider Alesky’s death suspicious, according to Wilson.

The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration did not immediately respond to a request for comment from McClatchy News.

“We are saddened by this tragic accident involving a contractor working at Adventureland Resort and extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues,” Adventureland owner Palace Entertainment said in a statement to the Des Moines Register.

Alesky, according to KCCI, worked for SkyHigh Coasters and was helping build the Flying Viking roller coaster.

Flying Viking, which will take riders on a 1,300-foot journey at speeds up to 26 mph, is expected to open this year.

Alesky married his high school sweetheart in Minooka, Illinois, in September, according to their marriage profile.

“Sweetest boy ever, always the little prankster and always full of life,” said his aunt, Jeanne Alesky DiCostanzo in a Facebook post. “I will always love you my sweet nephew.”

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