WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A nationally ranked boxer is dead after a Wichita industrial accident in which a 6-ton tank shifted unexpectedly and fell on him while he was sandblasting it.
The Wichita Eagle reported that 22-year-old Tony Losey was under a tarp outside Boardman working on the tank when it fell onto him Tuesday afternoon. Wichita police say Losey was a subcontractor at the steel plate fabricator.
Losey also was a well-known amateur boxer who planned to pursue an Olympic spot in 2016. As of July, USA Boxing had ranked Losey third nationally in its 152-pound weight class.
Sgt. John Ryan says it's rare for the tanks, which fall several times a year, to injure workers because most of the time people are able to get out of the way.