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Construction worker injured working on I-90 bridge project


Minnesota (WKOW) – A worker on the new I-90 bridge project is severely injured in a construction accident Wednesday morning.

The man, identified as in his 20's, was injured near a cofferdam at the construction site on the Mississippi River. A cofferdam is a temporary structure built to hold back water while bridge pilings are constructed.

Earlier reports said that the man fell 45 feet, although officials at the scene now say they still looking into how the man was injured.

He was trapped in a confined space below the bridge after the accident. One of the construction cranes used in the project helped with use a rescue basket to bring the man out.

He was brought to shore by boat, then transferred to a La Crosse hospital.

According to a Minnesota Department of Transportation official, the man was a worker for Ames Construction of Burnsville, Minnesota, who is helping build the bridge.

La Crescent and Campbell police, Campbell Fire Department and First Responders assisted with the rescue.

Investigators from OSHA, the Occupational Safety Health Administration, are on the way to the construction site to look into the incident.

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