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40,000-pound concrete panel falls on construction worker

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A construction worker has been hospitalized after wind gusts caused a 40,000-pound concrete panel to fall on his legs. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Travis Thom says the incident happened at a construction site short...

SIOUX FALLS (AP) - A construction worker has been hospitalized after wind gusts caused a 40,000-pound concrete panel to fall on his legs.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Travis Thom says the incident happened at a construction site shortly after 11 a.m. Monday. The worker, who has not been publicly identified, was trapped from the waist down for about 45 minutes.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue spokesman Brad Goodroad says the worker was conscious during the rescue effort. He says the worker's legs "were crushed pretty bad."

Thom says the gusts caused 32 pre-cast concrete panels to collapse at the construction site. One of them fell on the worker.

Ryan Companies operates the site. The company in a statement says the injured worker is a subcontractor.

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