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Man dead, another injured after crane collapse on U.S. 41 near Oshkosh

Jay Sorgi and the Associated Press

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Man dead, another injured after crane collapse on U.S. 41 near Oshkosh

CREATED Jul. 5, 2012 - UPDATED: Jul. 5, 2012

OSHKOSH - A man has died following a crane collapse at a construction site on U.S. 41.

Spancrete, based in Waukesha, said that Joseph Bidler, 35, died.  He was a driver for Spancrete who was at the construction site when the crane collapse happened at a causeway at Lake Butte De Morts at about 9:00 a.m.

The company said Bidler was from Green Bay.

“Spancrete is a family company, and Joseph is a part of our family. This tragic accident touches each and every one of us,” said Spancrete chairman John Nagy in a statement.

Another person was injured and taken to a local hospital with what were described as serious injuries.  The DOT says that person was operating the crane.

Department of Transportation spokesman Kris Schuller says a crane was trying to lift a beam on the bridge when it collapsed.

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department told Newsradio 620 WTMJ that one lane of northbound U.S. 41 was closed. It has since been re-opened.

The coroner's office tells Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jay Sorgi that they will conduct an autopsy.

Check back for more details on this breaking story as they come in to us, and click on the video links to see the scene of the collapse from Chopper 4 and the Wisconsin DOT.