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Falling tape measure kills man in Jersey City

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a man delivering sheet rock at a New Jersey construction site was killed when a tape measure fell 50 stories and hit him on the head.

A spokeswoman for Jersey City says the accident occurred Monday morning in the city’s downtown area.

Carly Baldwin says the 1-pound tape measure became dislodged from the belt of a worker on the 50th floor and struck construction equipment about 10 to 15 feet from the ground. It then ricocheted and struck 58-year-old Gary Anderson, who wasn’t wearing a hard hat.

Anderson, of Somerdale in southern New Jersey, was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Officials say two 50-story residential towers and an attached hotel are being built at the site of the accident.

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