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1 killed, 1 hurt when crane collapses at Wisconsin road construction site

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A construction crane lies collapsed at the Butte des Morts bridge on U.S. 41 near Oshkosh, Wis., on Thursday.

OSHKOSH, Wis. -- One person was killed and another injured when a crane collapsed at a highway construction site Thursday morning, authorities said.

A staffer with the Winnebago County Coroner's Office and the state Department of Transportation confirmed the death to Newsradio 620 WTMJ. Spancrete, based in Waukesha, said one of its drivers, Joseph Bidler, 35, was killed, WTMJ TV reported.

DOT spokesman Kris Schuller said the incident happened about 9 a.m. on a causeway along U.S. 41 at Lake Butte De Morts when a crane collapsed as it was trying to lift a beam on a bridge.


The injured person was the crane operator, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. That person is employed by Lunda Construction Co., based in Black River Falls, the Journal Sentinel said. 

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration are investigating, the Journal Sentinel said.

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