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BREAKING: Worker injured while moving the historic Gulfview Hotel has died

FORT WALTON BEACH, FL (WKRG) - UPDATE:  Monday, April 23, 2018 - Authorities have confirmed that Phillip DeHart has died after sustaining injuries when he fell from a bucket truck early Wednesday morning.


A worker was critically injured early Wednesday morning while helping move the historic Gulfview Hotel to its new location on Miracle Strip Parkway in Fort Walton Beach.

The man fell out of a bucket truck around 3 a.m., according to Jo Soria, the city's public information officer.

The worker, who has not been identified, was rushed to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. He was responsive but in critical condition, Soria confirmed. 

The 112-year-old Gulfview Hotel reached its final location at 115 Miracle Strip Parkway S.E. before the accident. U.S. Highway 98, which was closed between Beal Parkway and Florida Place for several hours for the move overnight, has reopened.

The hotel will eventually reopen as the Fort Walton Beach Welcome Center.



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