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EARTH CITY Mo. – One worker is dead after the heavy piece of equipment he was operating plunged off the side of the Blanchette Bridge.

This happened at about 8:00 a.m. Tuesday.

MODOT said Alan Jackson was inside a large piece of equipment known as a telescopic forklift when it fell some 80-100 feet off the side of the eastbound bridge onto the area below near the Missouri River. 

The forklift wound up between the eastbound and westbound spans of the bridge. 

Corporal Dallas Thompson with the Missouri Highway Patrol said a load on the equipment possibly shifted causing it to go over the side of the bridge. 

“They were able to get him out of it, did some life-saving measures, got him to the hospital,” Thompson said. “He did die at the hospital.”

Thompson said Jackson was trying to remove some construction bridge decking when the weight shifted, causing the forklift to become unbalanced, turnover, and go over the bridge.

He said when Jackson was removed from the forklift, he was uncocious.

“Bridge work is dangerous work,” Thompson said. “Those guys have lots of protocols to go through and safety measures. We really don’t have many calls that MHP gets called to.”

MODOT said Jackson worked for KCI Construction Company in St. Louis.