Worker Dies In Construction Accident At American Dream Megamall

WCBS 880 Newsroom
October 10, 2019 - 3:47 pm
American Dream mall

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- A construction worker was killed Wednesday afternoon while on the job at the site of the new American Dream megamall at the Meadowlands.

New Jersey State Police say 37-year-old Eric Papenfuhs was operating a utility vehicle on a parking deck when he hit a parked flatbed trailer.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

The long-stalled entertainment and retail complex is scheduled to open in phases starting later this month.

The 3 million-square-foot facility will feature more than 450 stores and restaurants plus an amusement park, indoor ski slope, ice skating rink, water park and more. 

The New Jersey Hall of Fame will also have be housed at the complex.