By Tommy Parker
Miss Lou News Now
Multiple agencies are now involved in the investigation of a workplace incident that left Lawrence Frederick “Gooch” Gibson Jr, 47, dead Sunday morning.
The first reports were dispatched at 8:50 a.m. of a workplace accident at Miller Materials rock yard at 657 Dorsey Street in Vicksburg.
Arriving Vicksburg Fire Department and Police discovered Gibson had been crushed between a piece of equipment and a barge. Company owner Louis Miller Jr. was reportedly operating the piece of equipment when the incident occured.
The incident has prompted a response from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Warren County Coroner’s Office, The Occupational Health and Safety Administration,along with representatives from Region 8 of the United States Coast Guard.
Gibson’s body was sent on Sunday to the Mississippi Crime Laboratory for autopsy.
This is the latest in a series of workplace incidents that have plagued Miller and his companies which include Riverside Construction. In 2016 Micheal Collins lost his life when the truck he was driving plunged into the Mississippi River. Vicksburg Police and OSHA ruled that the truck had faulty braking systems. That case was settled out of court. WLBT profiled this case almost two years later.
In November of 2018, Timothy Howell Hearn went missing from a Riverside towboat that was moored near a grain elevator in Tensas Parish, Louisiana. Portions of his remains were discovered in 2020 near Natchez and confirmed by DNA Testing.
There have also been several maritime accidents that have resulted in settled litigation.
Gipson worked for many years as a law enforcement officer before getting into the construction industry, with tours at the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton and Flowood Police Departments, and the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
Gibson is survived by two daughters, two grandchildren, a brother and his father. His brother Corey said late Sunday that Gibson wanted to be cremated and interned near their mother.