Crane operator killed in Maplewood construction accident


An Ogilvie, Minn. man died Monday after a crane he was operating at a Maplewood construction site tipped over, FOX 9 reports.

Around noon, emergency personnel responded to 1770 McMenemy Street where the St. Paul Hmong Alliance Church is undergoing construction.

Cory Lewellin, 34, was extricated from the cab and rushed to Regions Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

It's unclear exactly what caused the crane to tip. Maplewood Deputy Chief Dave Kvam told the Star Tribune that the crane was moving a large beam when the outriggers to the sides of the crane gave way in the soil. Kvam thinks the soil may be not been solid enough.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also responded to the scene and is investigating the incident.

FOX 9's aerial footage shows the crane's boom broke through a fence on a neighboring residential property and landed in a backyard. No other injuries were reported.

Construction crews broke ground at the church site this spring for an expansion that will add a new chapel, lobby, offices and a multi-purpose room.

KSTP has a slideshow of photos from the scene.

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