One man killed in excavation cave-in

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


COLUMBUS JUNCTION ? One man was reported dead Friday following a cave-in accident after an excavated area he was working in caved in while repairs were being done to a sewer line.

According to a news release from the Columbus Junction Police Department, Anthony Hills, 52, owner and imperator of Hills Construction, was pronounced dead. An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation is being conducted and further information is pending the results of the investigation.

Ten agencies were called to assist with the incident. The original call came into the Louisa County switchboard at about 2:45 p.m. At 3:01 p.m. the Washington Fire Department was called for a road cave-in at 200 Main Street in Columbus Junction. The caller reported needing a trench rescue. Washington Fire Department responded and assisted Louisa County.

Funeral services for Hills will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Stacy-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services in Columbus Junction. Burial will be in the Columbus City Cemetery.

Hills was born on Aug. 21, 1965, the son of William R. and Margaret Karyn (Bell) Hills. He was a 1984 graduate of Columbus Community School. On April 25, 1986, he married Dana Bierman in Muscatine and later divorced.

Tony owned and operated Hills Construction for over 25 years. For many of those years he was the main contractor for the City of Columbus Junction. He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Columbus Junction.

Tony was a hard worker, who enjoyed helping others.

He was a collector of all things, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.