Caltrans Maintenance Worker Dies in Fall

William Casdorph is the 189th Caltrans employee to lose his life on the job, according to a statement from Gov. Jerry Brown. Casdorph was based at the Kearny Mesa Maintenance facility in San Diego and was a 19-year veteran of Caltrans.

The California Department of Transportation, Caltrans, is mourning the death of Maintenance Leadworker William Casdorph, 57. According to the agency's Sept. 19 news release, Casdorph and his crew were doing maintenance work on the southbound State Route 163 overcrossing to southbound Interstate 805 in San Diego when he fell. He sustained major injuries and died at a hospital.

"Our Caltrans family is grieving today," Caltrans Director Laurie Berman said. "Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Mr. Casdorph's family and all those who worked with him."

Casdorph is the 189th Caltrans employee to lose his life on the job, according to a statement from Gov. Jerry Brown. Casdorph was based at the Kearny Mesa Maintenance facility in San Diego and was a 19-year veteran of Caltrans.

He leaves behind a wife, Maria, and daughters Pricilla, Wendy, and Ana.

"Anne and I mourn the loss of Caltrans Highway Maintenance Leadworker William D. Casdorph, a dedicated public servant who worked to make our roads safer for nearly two decades. On behalf of all Californians, we extend our deep condolences to his family, friends and the Caltrans community as they struggle to cope with this sudden loss," Brown said in his statement. It said in honor of Casdorph, flags at the state capitol are being flown at half-staff.

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