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Man dies in elevator shaft at site of 49ers' new stadium

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Construction of the San Francisco 49ers new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., was halted Tuesday morning after a worker died in an elevator shaft.

Donald White, 63, was found at the bottom of the shaft just before 7 a.m., according to police officials and officials from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

White had been an elevator mechanic for over 40 years and worked for a subcontractor of the stadium's general contractor.

Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke didn't disclose details the incident, which occurred just before 7 a.m. local time. The new $1.3 billion venue, called Levi's Stadium, is expected to open in 2014. Its construction began in April 2012.

"The 49ers organization was deeply saddened to learn this morning of the news at the construction site," the team said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers affected by this tragedy. The 49ers family has lost a teammate today."

Construction on the $1.3 billion stadium will likely resume Thursday, according to Robert Rayborn, co-director of the stadium project for contractor Turner-Devcon. The stadium is about 40 percent complete.

''There nothing to indicate it was anything more than a normal work day ... and a terrible accident,'' Rayborn told the San Jose Mercury News.

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