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Construction workers injured after fall from bridge in La Crosse

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LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - A 19-year-old construction worker was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries at last word. 

Authorities said he fell 45-feet from a bridge project on Interstate-90 just north of La Crosse. 

It happened around 9 a.m. on the Dresbach Bridge in the town of Campbell at the Minnesota border. 

Officials said the man fell from the bridge into a coffer dam -- a confined metal structure which provides support for the work area. 

Rescuers used a crane, boat, and rescue basket to reach the worker -- who's employed by Ames Construction. 

Campbell Fire Chief Nate Melby said the rescue succeeded due to pre-planning between emergency services and the construction firm. 

Investigators from the U.S. Occupational Safety-and-Health Administration were expected to arrive at the site to start an investigation. 

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