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Bridge collapses injuring E. Texas construction worker

PALESTINE, TX (KLTV)-- It was a frightening morning for an East Texas construction worker when a demolition project brought down a bridge down much earlier than expected... with both the worker and some heavy machinery still onboard.

Officials said it happened around 10:30 a.m. on Loop 256 near Lacy Street in Palestine.

They said the construction employee, Jose Alva, was jack hammering on the bridge when it suddenly collapsed causing both him and the equipment to topple down about 30 feet.

Officials said the construction company had planned to jack hammer parts of the bridge off little by little, but a 100 yard slab of concrete came down at once.
Officials said the construction worker is lucky the machinery didn't roll on top of him.

"I don't know if the steel gave way or exactly what happened but it just collapsed on him and it was nothing that he was anticipating or anyone would have anticipated," said Palestine Interim Fire Chief Alan Wilcher.

Palestine emergency responders said Alva was alert when they arrived on the scene of the accident. They said he was transported to the hospital and treated for back and neck pain-- non-life threatening injuries.

Officials said TxDOT will look further into why the bridge collapsed pre-maturely.
The construction site manager declined to talk about the accident.

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