Fatality In Viking Stadium Mishap
Minneapolis (MNN) - One worker has died, and another is hospitalized in serious condition after a construction mishap this morning at the new Minnesota Vikings' football stadium. Senior Vice President John Wood of Mortenson Construction confirmed the two casualties.
We now know that the surviving worker was the one who was rescued. An earlier report indicated that a third worker was pulled off the stadium's roof, but that was incorrect Wood says the employees fell around 7:45 a-m during a roofing job on the stadium's north side. No other details have been released as to how. A news conference was scheduled just before the noon hour. All work on the project has been halted for now.
The N-F-L team issued a statement calling this a "sad day for the Minnesota Vikings and the entire stadium team." Coach Mike Zimmer says the team's prayers and thoughts go out to the families. The new stadium, on the east edge of downtown Minneapolis, is scheduled to open next year. Back in March, workers escaped injury after scaffolding blew down from high winds.
(Video: Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer toured US Bank Stadium earlier this summer)