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Wetumpka man dies when crane overturns in sand pit
The Associated Press
10/2/03 12:21 PM
PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- A Wetumpka man operating a crane in a sand and gravel pit died from injuries suffered when the crane overturned.
Authorities said Tommy D. Ellis, 45, was pronounced dead at Prattville Baptist Hospital after the accident Wednesday morning at Red Bluff Sand and Gravel Co. near Prattville.
Prattville Fire Capt. Lowell Strock said Ellis was operating a crane that was moving a large pump when the crane overturned. Emergency crews called at 8:31 a.m. were not able to free Ellis from the cab of the crane in the pit until about 9:24 a.m.
Strock said a bulldozer and other equipment from the company was used to stabilize the crane. "Otherwise, it would have been too dangerous to begin the rescue effort," he said.
The fire department sent 13 rescue workers with a fire engine, a heavy truck, saws and "jaws of life" extraction equipment.
"We also had about 15 employees from the pit helping us out. If we hadn't had their help and the use of their equipment, it would have taken much longer to get him free," Strock said.
The federal Mining Safety and Health Administration is looking into the accident.