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Posted on Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 1:53 p.m.

Worker critically injured after being pinned under excavator at County Farm Park

By Kyle Feldscher


The victim was trapped under the excavator. The man was working on the Malletts Creek restoration project in County Farm Park.

Jeff Sainlar |

Updated: Man dies after being pinned by excavator at County Farm Park

Police are investigating an industrial accident that happened shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday at County Farm Park in Ann Arbor, leaving a man critically injured.

Officials on the scene said shortly before 2 p.m. that it's unclear how the incident happened, but they do know that a man was pinned under an excavator at the scene of the Malletts Creek restoration project.

The location is southeast of the intersection of Washtenaw and Manchester, where traffic slowed while rescuers freed the man from the equipment just before they raced him to University of Michigan Hospital.

The excavator was stuck in the mud, said Craig Sidelinger of the Ann Arbor Fire Department.

The victim's condition was unknown, but initial reports indicate severe pelvic injuries.


Rescue crews were visible from Washtenaw. The accident happened about 50 feet south of the bike path.

Jeff Sainlar

Police remained on the scene as they tried to determine which agency holds jurisdiction. Investigators from the Ann Arbor Police Department and Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department both responded.

The location was described as about 50 feet off of the bike path, located in a muddy area below the grade of Washtenaw, which is adjacent to the bike path.

Other workers on the scene at the time of the accident were sent home, officials said.

The equipment on site belongs to Mead Bros. Excavating, based in Springport, Mich. That company was awarded a $2.2 million county contract last summer to do the excavation work associated with the Malletts Creek work.

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Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 9:27 p.m.

My sincere condolences. the snyder comment had some merit.


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 9:01 p.m.

The Washtenaw County Sherrif email I just received said the man has died. I just passed through the intersection on Washtenaw closest to the incident and it looks like a car accident took place on the opposite side of the street. As such there are more than a half dozen police cars there right now, avoid the area if you car.

Paula Gardner

Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 8:58 p.m.

The victim of this accident has died from his injuries. Here is an updated story: <a href=""></a>


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 8:07 p.m.

I sincerely hope that this man will be able to recover fully from this accident. My thought will be with him.

monroe c

Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 7:08 p.m.

My prayers go out to this gentleman and his family.