Sunday, May 31, 2015

Construction Equipment Falls Through Bridge onto Revere MBTA Tracks


REVERE, Mass. A piece of construction equipment fell from a Revere bridge onto nearby train tracks on Saturday morning.

An excavator fell from a bridge on Route 145 westbound at Route 16 in Revere onto nearby train tracks during scheduled demolition at around 6:25 a.m, according to Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials.

During demolition a floor beam of the bridge shifted and caused the excavator to tip, according to MassDOT officials.

Crews used cranes to stabilize the side of the bridge being demolished and removed the excavator by about 12:30 p.m., according to MassDOT.

The operator of the excavator was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with a laceration to the head, according to police. The injury is not considered serious.

Police identified the operator as a 50-year-old man from West Bridgewater, but did not release his name.

Commuter rail officials said service would not be impacted by the incident, as buses were set to replace trains between Lynn and Boston on the Newburyport line this weekend due to construction.

MassDOT officials said they do not expect the incident to affect the bridge's reopening on Monday

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