Man gets crushed inside concrete paver on I-15

A construction worker was left in critical condition after getting caught in a concrete paver while working in an Interstate 15 construction zone near Exit 362, Box Elder County, Utah, Oct. 7, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A construction worker got caught in a concrete paver while working in an Interstate 15 construction zone Friday, leaving the man in critical condition.

A construction worker was left in critical condition after getting caught in a concrete paver while working in an Interstate 15 construction zone near Exit 362, Box Elder County, Utah, Oct. 7, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News
A construction worker was left in critical condition after getting caught in a concrete paver while working in an Interstate 15 construction zone near Exit 362, Box Elder County, Utah, Oct. 7, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

Just after 2:30 p.m., emergency crews responded to the report of an industrial accident on northbound I-15 just south of Exit 362 near Brigham City, according to a statement issued by the Utah Highway Patrol.

The worker, a 39-year-old man from Layton, was under the east side of the paver, working on what is called a dowel bar inserter – a system of putting dowel bars into a concrete slab during the paving process.

The man’s job was to make sure the dowel rods are properly inserted into the concrete as it is laid, according to the Highway Patrol.

“Somehow he got inside and was caught by the device and pinned,” UHP officials said, “and the device crushed against him.”

The man was subsequently transported by Intermountain Life Flight to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden in critical condition.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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