In Hawthorne, New Jersey, two men remained hospitalized with serious injuries after a skid steer loader clearing snow from a footbridge fell through the floor crashing onto a van below, according to an article on www.nj.com.
Hawthorne Public Works employee Don Turner Jr. was using the skid steer on a pedestrian overpass when a section of the crossing’s floor collapsed on Monday, March 5, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.
The approximately two-ton plow landed on a contractor van driving below, officials said. Turner was seriously hurt, as well as the front seat passenger in the van, John DesLauriers. Photos of the scene show the passenger side front cab of the van nearly entirely crushed and the skid steer on its side.
Van driver Patrick O’Dell, of Hawthorne, was also hurt but later released from an area hospital, officials said.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing. The bridge was not designed to hold vehicles and has no posted weight limit, a state Department of Transportation spokesman told NJ Advance Media Monday. Engineers evaluated the bridge, which has since been closed.