A construction worker was injured early Thursday morning on Interstate 43/94 on Milwaukee’s south side after a semi tractor-trailer hit the hydraulic lift he was working on.
The worker was hurt at about 2 a.m. while working under a bridge at the highway’s interchange with Howard Avenue, said Fran McLaughlin, a spokeswoman for the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office. He was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa after complaining of pain in his chest, ribs and legs.
Michael Pyritz, communications manager for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s southeast region, said the injured man was performing bridgework that was unrelated to the ongoing reconstruction of a 35-mile north-south section of Interstate 94 running from the Illinois border to near the General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. Pyritz declined to identify the worker or the worker’s employer.
McLaughlin, who also declined to identify the worker, said the injuries appeared to be non-life threatening. She said the truck was traveling north when it hit the lift.
She said the truck weighed 76,000 pounds and was carrying bottled water. McLaughlin said its trailer split open and its contents had to be cleared from the roadway.