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Man killed in construction accident in West Bottoms

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A Kansas City man working on a demolition project at Eight and Hickory streets in the West Bottoms was killed Friday when part of the building fell on him.

KCTV5 spoke with a friend of the victim who had been watching the demolition project just for fun because he loved demolition, loved to see old buildings come down, much like the friend he lost.

"He was a hell of a guy is all I can say and he did what he liked doing," Floyd Long said.

It's unclear what went wrong during the demolition at Eighth and Hickory, but the victim's friend isn't worried about that. His concern was to pay his respects to the man he once worked for, someone who'd been a wrecker all his life.

Police said the call came out at 7 p.m. When officers arrived, they found 68-year-old William A. Prater dead.

Long said the Prater's sons also worked in the business and his eldest was working alongside his dad Friday night when the accident happened.

"His boy was real shaken up. Everyone around him was shaken up. I came back down here to pay my respects because I figured he didn't make it," he said.

Long said they are like an extended family, so there will be plenty of support.

An investigation will be performed by Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA to determine exactly what went wrong and why.

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