Today around 9:00 a.m. a road worker fell from a bridge on State Route 162 requiring an air ambulance due to the severity of his injuries.
The patient was a 36-year-old man who fell 35 feet off the side of a bridge. The Incident Commander reported the man complained of back injuries and difficulty breathing.
After paramedics hauled the patient using a spinal board to a ground ambulance, he was transferred to the air ambulance which landed in Longvale.
The incident reportedly occurred at the bridge three-quarter miles east of Highway 101, which corresponds with information from the Caltrans Quick Map that indicates crews are conducting bridge work on the Outlet Creek Bridge requiring one-way traffic.
UPDATE 12:26 p.m.:
Caltrans District 1 Public Information Officer Manny Machado provided the following statement regarding this morning’s workplace accident:
This is a Caltrans bridge widening project located on Route 162 at Outlet Creek in Mendocino County. A contractor employee fell from a small bridge and was injured. The employee was transported by helicopter to the hospital and his condition is unknown at this time.