Updated 04/05/16 – 6:11 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A construction worker was killed and three others were injured when a 45-ton steel beam fell as it was being removed from the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway bridge over Touhy Avenue in Des Plaines early Tuesday.
Des Plaines Fire Chief Alan Wax said four workers were in a construction lift several feet above ground under the bridge, assisting with removal of the beam, when it fell on them around 3:40 a.m.
Des Plaines Police Chief Bill Kushner said two cranes were holding the beam in place when it fell.
“As they were moving some steel across the roadway, apparently the load shifted, the girder came down. It’s 187 feet long, and 45 tons of steel that came down,” Kushner said.