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Construction worker falls 53 floors to his death in L.A., lands on top of passing car

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A construction worker on his second day on the job died after falling from the 53rd floor of the Wilshire Grand Center tower and landing on a passing car in downtown L.A. early Thursday afternoon.

The worker fell from the under-construction building, located in the 600 block of South Figueroa Street, around 12:30 p.m., an LAFD alert stated.

It was the worker’s second day on the job as an electrician, the owner of the construction management company said, according to KTLA.

His body landed on a car that was traveling on Wilshire Boulevard, just west of heavily traveled Figueroa Street, according to fire officials and aerial video from KTLA’s Sky5.

The worker was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not immediately identified.

The female driver of the white hatchback, which appeared to have out-of-state plates, was being evaluated at the scene by LAFD personnel, and it was unknown whether she was injured. The worker’s body had landed on the back end of the car.

Authorities have not determined what caused the man to fall from the 1,100-foot tall skyscraper, which had just “topped out” four days earlier at 73 stories.

The structure, when completed, will overtake the U.S. Bank Tower as the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.