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Funeral held Monday for Natick DPW worker

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NATICK, Mass. (WHDH) - A funeral was held Monday for a Natick DPW worker who was killed in a tragic accident.

Forty-eight-year-old Michael McDaniel Jr. was repairing a water line last Tuesday when a backhoe ran into him.

Officials say the backhoe somehow moved and struck McDaniel and another DPW employee who were working in a trench.

Hundreds came out to pay their respects at St. Patrick’s Church in Natick.

“This is just overwhelming to me to see the amount of support that is being given to the DPW workers and Natick and the family of Mike McDaniel. It makes me more proud to be a Natick resident,” said Peter Thompson, Natick resident.

McDaniel had been with the Natick DPW for 26 years and had risen to general foreman.

The other DPW worker who was struck by the backhoe was rushed to the hospital and his condition was quickly upgraded to stable.

Authorities say the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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