Construction Worker Injured on Missouri River

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) - A worker was seriously injured Wednesday morning when his boat was struck by an oncoming barge on the Missouri River.

The 51-year-old man from Rolla has not been identified. Coast Guard officials say he is part of the Highway 67 Bridge crew.

He had been working on a train trestle that crossed the Missouri River around 9:30 a.m. when a tug boat pushing a barge struck the small aluminum boat.

Crew members initially thought the man had gone overboard but deckhands soon relieved the man was still in the cabin of the capsized boat.

“At that point they were able to communicate with bridge 67 workers and had them come over and remove the man from in-front of the barge,” said Coast Guard Lt. Colin Fogarty.

Emergency crews performed CPR and the man did have a pulse at the scene. He was transported to a local hospital. His condition was unavailable.

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the crash.

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