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Work stopped near where man fell from I-90 bridge

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LA CROSSE (WKOW) – Work on the I-90 bridge has been temporarily halted after a 19-year-old worker fell about 40 feet from the bridge on Wednesday.

The state's project manager, Mark Anderson, says the site is the cofferdam at "pier two," but work on the rest of the project will continue.  The state is currently constructing a new bridge over the Mississippi River, near Dresbach, MN, to replace the current one.

Campbell Police Chief Tim Kelemen says the man, an Ames Construction worker, fell at about 9:00 a.m. while installing concrete forms.  He was wearing a harness when rescuers reached him. 

Authorities say the man had life-threatening injuries and underwent surgery.

A spokeswoman with the U.S. Department of Labor, Rhonda Burke, says the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate the incident.

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