UPDATED: Wis. worker who fell from bridge getting better

UPDATED Wednesday, November 27, 2013 --- 7:20 a.m.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A 19-year-old construction worker who suffered life-threatening injuries when he fell 40 feet from the Interstate 90 bridge over the Mississippi River is now recovering "extraordinarily well" from his injuries according to his employer.

Logan Goodell of Wheeler fell on Nov. 7 as he was installing concrete forms. He was still strapped into his harness when rescuers reached him.

The La Crosse Tribune reports Wednesday that Goodell is still hospitalized. But an official with Ames Construction, the contractor, says he's getting stronger every day. He says Goodell is determined to make a full recovery.

A new I-90 bridge connecting Minnesota and Wisconsin is under construction near Dresbach, Minn. The Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the man's fall.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


UPDATED Thursday, November 7, 2013 --- 7:44 a.m.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- Work has been temporarily halted near where a 19-year-old worker fell about 40 feet from the I-90 bridge.

The state's project manager, Mark Anderson, says the site is the cofferdam at "pier two," but work on the rest of the project is continuing.

Campbell Police Chief Tim Kelemen says the man, an Ames Construction worker, fell at about 9 a.m. Wednesday while installing concrete forms and was wearing a harness when rescuers reached him. He had life threatening injuries and underwent surgery.

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

The state is currently constructing a new bridge over the Mississippi River, near Dresbach, Minn. to replace the current one.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Wednesday, November 9, 2013 --- 12:19 p.m.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A 19-year-old man has life-threatening injuries after falling from Interstate 90 along the Mississippi River.

Town of Campbell Fire Chief Nate Melby tells the La Crosse Tribune the man is hospitalized after falling 45 feet into a coffer dam, which is a large metal structure built to support a construction project.

The man fell about 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Assistant Fire Chief Gary Brauer tells WXOW-TV the man was trapped in a confined space below the bridge after the accident.

Rescue workers used a boat, rescue basket and crane to reach him.

Brauer says the man is a worker on the bridge project.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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