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Woman in 'abandoned tent' in St. Paul injured by construction equipment

The woman was picked up by a utility vehicle with a front-end bucket.
Ambulance hospital emergency

A worker operating heavy construction with a front-end bucket scooped up a woman who was inside a tent in St. Paul. 

It happened outside Arlington Hills Recreation Center located at 1200 Payne Ave. around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to St. Paul Police Department. The Pioneer Press reports that workers were cleaning up at a homeless encampment at the time. 

Officers arrived at the scene and found a 49-year-old woman who had sustained "significant injuries." 

Police said "a worker was sent to the Rec center to remove an abandoned tent" and "he did not look into the tent to see if it was occupied." 

"He began to remove the tent with a utility vehicle equipped with a front bucket," police reported. "While in the process of picking up the tent with the machine he noticed that someone was in the tent." 

The worker then checked on the woman and called 911. 

The woman was listed in stable condition at Regions Hospital on Thursday. 

An investigation is ongoing. 

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