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Construction Worker Hurt After Falling Into Hole In St. Paul

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – A construction worker had to be rescued after apparently falling into a hole while working on power lines near the Minnesota State Capitol, according to police.

The incident happened at about 10:09 a.m. near the area of University Avenue and Park Avenue in St. Paul. Authorities say the man, a machine operator for Walsh Construction, was digging three food wide holes for overhead power lines in the area for the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit project.

Police said for an unknown reason the man got out of the machine and fell into the hole, which was about eight feet deep. A rescue team responded to the scene with the St. Paul Fire Department, and a rescue worker got a harness to the victim.

The victim put the harness on and was pulled out of the hole, authorities said. He suffered minor injuries, was treated on the scene and transported to Regions Hospital for further observation.

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