Bridge worker falls into hole near Randolph and Wacker - Fox 2 News Headlines

Bridge worker falls into hole near Randolph and Wacker

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A city bridge worker fell 15 ft. into a trench near West Randolph Street and North Wacker Drive late Thursday morning.

Chicago Fire Department Chief of Special Operations Michael Fox told FOX 32 News the 59-year-old worker was underneath the bridge doing routine spring maintenance with a full crew when he fell, around 11:15 a.m.

The bridge in the 300 block of West Randolph Street was upright at the time of the incident. The Department of Transportation worker fell onto the concrete ledge where the counterweights are.

The worker was removed in serious but "stable" and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His injuries are consistent with a fall.

The bridge remained locked in the upright position with traffic at a stand-still early Thursday afternoon while crews conducted the rescue. A water rescue response team was dispatched to the area around 11:25 a.m. Thursday, but their services were not required to get to him.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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