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New pedestrian bridge at Mae Simmons being installed after Feb. deadly collapse

City employee killed in February after driving skid steer over pedestrian bridge at Mae Simmons Park (Source: KCBD) City employee killed in February after driving skid steer over pedestrian bridge at Mae Simmons Park (Source: KCBD)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A new pedestrian bridge is being installed today at Mae Simmons Park, eight months after it collapsed, killing a Lubbock Parks employee.

Mark Fort, 57, died on Feb. 29, 2016, 10 days after the pedestrian bridge at Mae Simmons Park collapsed as he was driving a skid steer over it.

Officials says Fort may have been trapped in the water for nearly 10 minutes from the time the 911 call was made to the time he was rescued by Lubbock Fire Rescue (LFR).

LFR pulled Fort out of the submerged skid steer by breaking the front windshield, but before they arrived, a group of teens from Project Intercept jumped in to help. The

The city says employees are trained to not drive over pedestrian bridges, but because of this incident, city parks employees have had additional safety training regarding this issue and other types of safety issues.

Construction must still be performed to provide handicapped accessibility.

There is no word on when the pedestrian bridge will reopen.

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