Construction worker impaled by rebar when he fell into 50-foot hole near New Prague

A helicopter flew over the scene of this morning's accident.
A helicopter flew over the scene of this morning's accident.
KSTP screengrab

One construction worker is dead and another injured after the two fell into a construction hole near New Prague this morning.

KSTP, citing a conversation with Green River Energy spokesman Randy Fordice, reports that "crews were digging holes about 50 feet deep and two workers were riding on suspensions on the round rebar on the way down into the hole."

"The two men somehow fell off and one of victims was impaled by the rebar," the KSTP report continues. "The other victim was airlifted to the hospital."

According to WCCO, the project site, which is actually in Helena, Minnesota, is part of work related to the CapX202 drilling and filling project with Xcel Energy near New Prague. A KSNI Radio report says the project will culminate in the construction of power lines from Minnesota to South Dakota. Spokesman Fordice told the station the hole involved in today's accident is dug to support a power pole that's 140 feet tall.

Fox provides a bit more detail about the circumstances of the accident:

Police received a call around 9 a.m. that the two had fallen in a hole. One of the workers had been rescued by the time police and emergency personnel arrived, but the deceased worker was trapped. At around 10 a.m. emergency personnel said the worker had died from his injuries.

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