Equipment Malfunction Causes Construction Workers To Fall Off Bridge


By Catalina Trivino

From Montgomery County -- an accident at the outer loop road project site in Pike Road has killed two workers. Investigators say an equipment malfunction caused them to fall to their deaths.

Montgomery County deputies say the two construction workers were riding in one of these over-hang machines on the outerloop of Highway 80, near the Waugh exit of Interstate 85. They say they were working on a bridge when they fell nearly 100 feet.

Blue lights, hard hats and white tarps.

Jeremy Lee, who works on the same site where the scene was found, says it's a sight that's beyond a nightmare.

"At the time I was on the other side of the bridge unloading some steal and the crane operator looked up and he got the call that two people had fallen off the bridge," Said Lee.

Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies say two construction workers were working on the outer loop Wednesday morning. Investigators say the construction workers were on a lift when something broke lose on the cage that was supporting them. That's when they fell about 90 feet.

"They apparently had some equipment malfunction, this piece of equipment you see there where their bodies are, was connected to the bridge up there. And it broke loose some way or another. That's still to be determined," Said Montgomery County Sheriff, D.T. Marshall.

While names of the construction workers are not being released, he says one of them is in his 50's from Montgomery. The other is in his 60's from Birmingham.

Lee says he did not see them fall, but he knew one of the construction workers for the last 17 years.

"He's been knowing me ever since I was about five or six years old and just growing up... being around him... and it's been a priviledge to work with him. And it's just real hard right now," Said Lee.

Lindsey Manley was also working on the outer loop. And he says he had to walk away from the sight...

"I couldn't really stand to just see something like that happen to somebody that I work with and knowing that was the last time I was going to see him... so it was kind of hearbreaking," Said Manley.

The Sheriff Marshall says they're still investigating how this accident happened. Meanwhile, they'll be  interviewing witnesses.

He says an autopsy will be performed on the bodies to check if there were any other factors in the workers' deaths.

Alabama News Network will keep you updated with the latest information as it becomes available.


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