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Fatality, multiple injuries after log truck loses load onto bridge workers

Posted: June 2, 2014 - 3:57pm

CLINTON — At least one construction worker is dead and multiple are injured Monday afternoon after a log truck lost its load on a bridge in Clinton.

It happened on Highway 65 South near 16 East in Clinton. A construction crew was working on a new bridge when the logs fell off the truck and landed on top of the workers.

The Van Buren County Coroner has confirmed one fatality at this time. Ozark Health Medical Center is reporting several injured.

The Arkansas Highway Department confirms it does have a construction contract crew working on the bridge.

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Igor Rabinowitz
Igor Rabinowitz 06/03/14 - 07:46 am
It was bad

Ambulances, helicopters, cars backed up for miles, real bad. Prayers.

Drove past the site this morning. What a mess; the full load of the log truck looks like it just rolled onto the new bridge. I'm told the truck itself slid down the old bridge.

Just a terrible mess. I drove past where the crew was meeting, they hadn't started working yet. A bunch of guys in reflective vests in a circle, praying, if I'm not mistaken.

I can't imagine having your workday of bridge-building blown up by a log truck blasting into the middle of it.

ucantbserious 06/03/14 - 09:38 am
Such a tragedy

These people were out their doing their jobs earning an honest living. Some were probably checking the clock as the end of the day neared, thinking about what was for supper, and looking forward to spending the evening with their family. In the blink of an eye everything changed. Things will never be the same for them again.

My thoughts and prayers go out to these people and their families.

My thoughts also go out to everyone who worked so hard to save lives. My hat's off to the firefighters, EMTs, Paramedics, police, deputies, troopers, rescue squad, air ambulance crews, doctors, nurses, hospital staff, and the civilians and fellow workers who rushed in immediately to help these people.

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