UPDATE: Coworkers Say Crane Operator's Injuries Should Have Been Worse
BELLEVUE, NE - On Tuesday morning, a man became trapped and two others were thrown into icy water after a crane tipped over at a construction site on La Platte Road, just east of Highway 75.
The Bellevue Fire Department said the crane was propped up on a set of tracks, and for an unknown reason, the crane slid off. Two workers were 100 feet in the air, on the tip of the crane, when it collapsed. The men fell into the Missouri River.
Officials said the men were 20-to-30 feet from the riverbank and were able to swim to shore.
"The two guys who went into the river were very lucky," said Battalion Chief Joe Gibilisco of the Bellevue Fire Department.
The crane operator was trapped. He was freed by others at the site, who cut him out of the equipment.
"The way he was crushed inside that seat and wasn't hurt more severely, is amazing," said Gibilisco.
By the time rescue crews arrived, the three men were out and OK.
The two men who fell in the water refused medical treatment. The crane operator was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.