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Worker injured in crane accident at University of ND

GRAND FORKS -- A construction worker was injured Friday morning at a work site on the University of North Dakota campus when part of a crane boom fell several feet while it was being disassembled from a truck bed.

UND Police Chief Eric Plummer said the worker suffered a possible broken leg. He was taken by ambulance to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.

A worker with Landwehr Construction of St. Cloud, Minn., which operates the FM Linkbelt crane, said the man was hit on the side of his lower right leg when part of the boom fell a few feet.

The Landwehr crane crew had finished driving in pilings Thursday for the new bridge across the English Coulee on the south side of campus next to the BNSF rail yard.

On Friday morning, they were taking apart the boom, laying sections on low-boy semi trailers to be hauled out, when the accident happened about 10:30 a.m.

Mike Lohrman of Landwehr's St. Cloud office said it appeared the injured worker was employed by Meyer Contracting of Minneapolis, the lead firm on the bridge-building project and was helping the crane crew.

Meyer Contracting is in charge of the overall bridge project that has been going on since early summer and hired Landwehr for the crane work.