PRINCETON – A Princeton city official confirmed Tuesday that a city employee died Monday in an accident behind Princeton Towers along Stafford Drive.

City Manager Michael V. Webb said the man was a part-time city employee. When the accident occurred, he was clearing city property located behind the Princeton Tower’s apartment building. The project is part of the city’s plans to turn the former Dean Company factory into a new municipal complex.

The victim was identified as Robert “Bobby” Thomason, according to Captain B.R. Woodard of the Princeton Police Department.

The accident was reported at approximately 2 p.m. Monday after a tree struck and damaged a backhoe. The Princeton Police Department, Princeton Fire Department and the Princeton Rescue Squad responded. The incident is still under investigation.

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