Shortly after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, emergency crews responded to what they thought was a roll-over accident near Brownfield Highway and Indiana Ave. What they found was a horrific accident nearby involving a construction worker. District Chief for the Lubbock Fire Department, Chris Angerer, says, "We arrived to find a crane toppled into a ditch."
A construction worker was driving a pipe crane when it toppled over, trapping him between the trench casing and the crane itself. Angerer says, "We responded our heavy rescue team to this location, they extracted the victim out of the trench in 10 to 15 minutes."
From there, the race was on to save the worker's life. Rescue crews frantically performed CPR and the victim was raced to University Medical Center. All those efforts though, were to no avail. Official word of the construction worker's death came shortly after six that evening. Angerer told NewsChannel 11, "The person we extracted from the trench is deceased. He succumbed to his injuries shortly after he was transported to the hospital."
After the announcement, only investigators were left figuring out the pieces of the puzzle, what happened to turn one ordinary man's work day into the last day of his life.
Officials have not yet released the construction worker's name. He worked for Rinks Leasing in Levelland. His crew was working on utility relocation for the Marsha Sharp Freeway Project.