Second Accident for IT Fest Organizers

A union stagehand from Auburn was seriously injured in the second major accident during preparations for Phish’s two-day concert taking place this weekend.

Douglas Born, 42, was working Tuesday night on the second-floor roof of some staging when he stepped off the side and fell 35 feet to the ground.

He sustained extensive internal injuries and was airlifted to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, said Stephen McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Born, who was working for Great Northeast Productions Inc., producers of the Phish concert, was in serious condition Wednesday, according to Tammy Howes, a hospital spokeswoman.

The accident is being investigated by the Limestone Police Department and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

On Sunday, James Willox, a 43-year-old concert organizer from Dedham, Mass., died when his car struck an embankment. Police said speed and driver fatigue were the likely causes.


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