LITCHFIELD — One individual was killed and another critically injured in an industrial accident at 11:46 a.m. Friday at a construction site located in the 31700 block of Minnesota Highway 22 in Harvey Township of Meeker County, reported the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.
The identities of the victims have not yet been released, pending notification of families.
According to the new release from the sheriff, an initial investigation into the accident showed the stabilizing platform for a concrete boom truck gave way, causing the boom to fall to the ground. The two victims were struck by the boom as it fell.
One of the victims died at the scene while the second was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital with critical injuries.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified.
Assisting at the scene were the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Litchfield Rescue, Litchfield Fire, Gold Cross Ambulance, LifeLink III and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.