SHREWSBURY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A construction worker died after being hit by a crane in Shrewsbury early Tuesday morning. 

Shawn Pritchett and family

Shawn Pritchett pictured with this girlfriend and four children.

Family members later identified him as as 35-year-old Shawn Pritchett.

Around 3 a.m., Pritchett was struck by the crane at the construction site in the 4200 block of Carr Lane Court. The medical examiner was seen at the scene about two hours later.

The area is a Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) construction site. At the site, work is being done on a wastewater tunnel that runs under The Galleria.

Construction site accident

Powerhouse Skyzoom4 over a construction site accident in Shrewsbury on Sept. 17.

Pritchett was on the surface of the tunnel when he was hit by the crane. He did not fall into the hole, according to an MSD spokesperson. 

According to an official, Pritchett had been working on the site for two weeks and is a contracted employee with SAK.

Whitney Michelle said her sister is Pritchett's significant other for 15 years and Pritchett was the sole provider for the family.

"She is overwhelmed with the loss of her lover, her children’s father, and now the cost of living with 4 kids," Michelle said. 

Michelle told News 4 a GoFundMe page has been set up to help Pritchett's family.

The construction site was closed for the day following the accident.

The Shrewsbury Police Department said the incident is investigated as an accident and no foul play is suspected. 

No other information has been released.

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