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October 31. 2012 1:07PM

Lincoln landslide victim identified


The area in Lincoln where Eugene "Rusty" Brooks, 42, was killed in an accident related to Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday. (KRISTI GAROFALO)

LINCOLN - Lincoln police have identified Eugene “Rusty” Brooks, 42, as the man killed in Tuesday morning's landslide, the only reported New Hampshire fatality related to Hurricane Sandy.

Lincoln Police Chief Theodore Smith said Tuesday morning he thought the town made it through the storm pretty well.

“I had just finished checking out all the town's bridges,” he said. “Everything looked good until 8:22 a.m.”

That's when police got the call of a worker trapped under a collapsed wall on the Landing Road in the Loon Mountain Resort Area.

According to police, Brooks was the owner of Pemmi Contracting LLC of North Woodstock. He was checking storm damage on The Landing Road where a new house foundation was being constructed.

During the storm, the foundation hole filled with water and nearby streams continued to fill it. Brooks was standing on a rock wall built into the steep embankment setting up a hose to pump the water out when the area collapsed.

“The foundation basically turned to mush,” said Chief Smith. Due to the amount of water in the soil and the pressure of the water on the embankment, Brooks was trapped in a landslide of mud, water and rocks that carried him down a hill about two or three stories high, police said.

A co-worker ran to his aid but didn't find his body until the water had cleared. When he was found, Brooks was unconscious and not breathing. Lincoln police officers performed CPR at the scene until an ambulance arrived. Brooks was pronounced dead during transport to Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth, police said.

The phone number for Brooks' business and residence was out of service Wednesday. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.


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