Construction equipment falls at General Motors plant in Spring Hill

Posted at 2:31 PM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 19:04:13-04

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man was rescued from construction equipment during a scheduled bridge collapse at the General Motors Spring Hill plant on Thursday.

As crews were tearing down a bridge at the property, the bridge gave out and took the excavator with it. The Spring Hill Fire Department said the excavator was hanging off the bridge by a couple of inches.

"Because our fear of course is if this piece of machinery had toppled over one way or another where were the rescuers going to be," Fire Chief Terry Hood said.

The incident is not related to the nationwide General Motors United Automobile Workers strike that has entered day four.

Read more: UAW strike enters day four for GM employees, including those in Spring Hill

The accident happened around 1:30 p.m. near the picket line of the protest. Officers who were already on scene heard the collapse and ran to help.

Police told the driver of the excavator to stay still as firefighters used a ladder truck to rescue him.

Spring Hill fire used its ladder truck as a crane to lower a firefighter to the man in the excavator. The man was given a harness to put around him so both men could be pulled up to safety.

No one was hurt in the collapse, the fire department said.

The planned demolition was apart of the Saturn Parkway Extension project.