A man working in a drainage pipe in Florida was killed under bizarre circumstances when something shot him out onto the road above, according to Port St. Lucie police.

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A man working in a drainage pipe in Florida was killed under bizarre circumstances when something shot him from the pipe, according to investigators.

The nature of whatever it was that “pushed” him has not been revealed.

It happened around 11 a.m. on Monday, July 8, in Port St Lucie, about a 110-mile drive north from Miami.

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“Preliminary investigation revealed that an adult male was performing maintenance in an underground drainage pipe when he was suddenly pushed out of the pipe from below ground, through the opened roadway grate, and came to rest on the roadway,” Port St. Lucie police said in a news release.

“Unfortunately, the male was pronounced deceased on scene from his injuries.”

The identity of the victim and nature of his injuries have not been released.

Investigators called it an “industrial accident,” but have not offered details on the man’s employer.

Port St. Lucie had only a slight chance of showers impacting pipes before 1 p.m. Monday, but was under a heat advisory that predicted “heat index values up to 112.”

Mark Price is a National Reporter for McClatchy News. He joined the network of newspapers in 1991 at The Charlotte Observer, covering beats including schools, crime, immigration, LGBTQ issues, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with majors in journalism and art history, and a minor in geology.