Central Corridor construction worker loses hand and foot in accident

11:20 PM, Oct 18, 2011   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- A light rail construction worker who was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with injuries after he became trapped at a Central Corridor work site Tuesday, has lost his right hand and foot, according to Central Corridor spokeswoman Laura Baenen.

The accident happened around 11 a.m. Tuesday when the forklift operator got trapped after a piece of construction equipment tipped over near 15th Avenue South and 4th Street South in Minneapolis.

Co-workers used a front-end loader to lift the equipment off the trapped worker.

The man was working on an overpass above Interstate 35W, where the Central Corridor rail will connect with the Hiawatha light rail line.

The injured worker is employed by Ames Construction. His identity has not yet been released.

The worker underwent surgery at Hennepin County Medical Center. Baenen said she didn't know if the hand and foot had to be amputated. She said the worker should be able to go home in a few days.

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