City worker injured by machine

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, October 2, 2013

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A longtime employee of the city of Bridgeport was injured Tuesday morning at the site of a street repair project.

Crushing Injury

CRUSHING INJURY – Police investigate an incident with heavy machinery that sent one to the hospital Tuesday with severe injuries to his left leg. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

The accident happened around 11 near the intersection of 14th Street and Cates Street. Bridgeport Police Chief Randy Singleton said Lupe Salazar sustained a serious injury to his lower leg while trying to load a compactor onto a trailer following a patch job on the street.

The road sloped slightly, and the compactor fell while Salazar was operating it, pinning his leg briefly against a curb.

Salazar was taken to Wise Regional in Bridgeport by ground ambulance and then flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. His condition was unavailable Tuesday afternoon.

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