Seattle construction worker killed, 1 injured after truck hits lift

Police said the worker who died fell about 50 feet to the street surface below the bridge deck where the lift was parked

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SEATTLE (AP) – One contractor died and another was seriously injured after a truck struck the lift they were in while working on the exit ramp of the West Seattle Bridge.

Seattle police Detective Patrick Michaud says it was not immediately clear whether the box truck struck the arm of the elevated basket or the basket itself. The accident happened about 8 a.m. Friday.

Both workers were rushed to Harborview Medical Center. Spokeswoman Susan Gregg says a 40-year-old worker died and a 57-year-old worker was undergoing surgery with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the worker who died fell about 50 feet to the street surface below the bridge deck where the lift was parked. The injured worker fell about 15 feet to the exit ramp.

The contractors were working on the Fauntleroy Expressway Bearing Pad Replacement Project.

Information from: KOMO-TV,
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