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UPDATE: Mississippi River Bridge Crane Operator Falls into River

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Construction camera of New Bridge (image taken 3/28/12)

Construction camera of New Bridge (image taken 3/28/12)

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The Coast Guard and crews from the St. Louis Fire Department are searching the Mississippi River near downtown for a worker who they say fell from a barge into the water along with a piece of equipment.

The worker, a male in his 40′s was operating a crane on the Illinois side of the New Mississippi River Bridge when he fell around 10:30 a.m.

Missouri Department of Transportation spokesman Andrew Gates says the missing worker was harnessed into a four-wheeled piece of equipment that’s similar to a bucket truck when it toppled into the river.

He didn’t immediately have more details on how the accident happened.

The workers condition is unknown at this time. However the workers’s life jacket has been recovered.

Stay with KMOX1120 or KMOX.com for more updates.

crane ax UPDATE: Mississippi River Bridge Crane Operator Falls into River

Boat searching for missing crane operator. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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