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Construction worker falls from Old Youngs Bay Bridge

Fell into a concrete pit

The Daily Astorian

Published on June 19, 2017 12:44PM

Last changed on June 20, 2017 10:59AM

Emergency personnel lower an accident victim down to a waiting vessel under the Old Youngs Bay Bridge Monday. Traffic was blocked on the bridge during the rescue operation.

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Emergency personnel lower an accident victim down to a waiting vessel under the Old Youngs Bay Bridge Monday. Traffic was blocked on the bridge during the rescue operation.

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A boat transports an accident victim to an ambulance waiting near the Old Youngs Bay Bridge.

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A boat transports an accident victim to an ambulance waiting near the Old Youngs Bay Bridge.

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Personnel with the U.S. Coast Guard, in addition to the Astoria Fire Department and other emergency responders, assisted in the rescue operation at the Old Youngs Bay Bridge Monday afternoon.

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Personnel with the U.S. Coast Guard, in addition to the Astoria Fire Department and other emergency responders, assisted in the rescue operation at the Old Youngs Bay Bridge Monday afternoon.

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A construction worker fell 15 feet from the Old Youngs Bay Bridge to a concrete pit below on Monday, leading to a temporary traffic stoppage.

The man was treated for chest trauma after falling from scaffolding onto the pit just before noon, Lewis and Clark Fire Chief Jeff Golightly said. Emergency personnel stabilized the man and used ropes to lower him down to a barge on Youngs Bay. The barge then took the man to shore, where he rode in an ambulance to Astoria Regional Airport and was taken by Life Flight to a Portland area hospital just after 1 p.m.

Authorities declined to publicly release the worker’s name.





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