Tank shifts, crushes ranked Wichita boxer

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Posted: Sep 24, 2014 11:03 AM

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 (http://bit.ly/Y34vNo ) 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.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com