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Crane Accident in Galveston—Victim's Identity Revealed

Last week there was a crane accident in Galveston that killed two workers and left a third with minor injuries. At 10:45am on Wednesday, Galveston County first responders received a call that an industrial accident had happened on a dock on Pelican Island, at a facility reportedly owned by T&T Marine Offshore.

By the time police, firefighters, and EMS arrived, two men at the scene were already dead. The crane operator was taken to the hospital for his injuries. Footage from the scene found that the crane was tipped over and “surrounded by fluids.” Jaree Fontin, spokeswoman for the City of Galveston, commented that “no foul play is suspected,” but the incident is under investigation.

One of the Crane Accident Victims: Young Father & Former Football Star

Today we’ve learned that the identity of one the victims has been released: Blake Carlisle, a former star tight end from Dickinson High School. The 20-year-old Carlisle was working in a facility belonging to T&T Offshore Marine, who have declined to comment on the incident multiple times.

Officials could not confirm whether or not the equipment was owned or operated by T&T Offshore, or if Carlisle was even an employee of the company. OSHA has already begun an investigation into the situation, so they are not permitted to offer comments yet. John Florence, spokesman for the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office, said the identity of the other victim of the crane collapse has not been revealed yet because the family has not yet been notified.

Carlisle was a tight end at Dickinson High School and was redshirted his freshman year as a linebacker at Southern Methodist University. “He was definitely a shining star; very, very talented,” said John Snelson, Carlisle’s head football coach at Dickinson. “Million-dollar smile. He lit up the room and made everyone feel better about themselves when he was around.”

He leaves behind a young son.

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