PHOTOS: Crane tips, operator killed at St. Paul Hmong Alliance Church site
by Shelby Capacio -
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (KMSP) -
Maplewood emergency personnel were called to the scene of a deadly construction accident at the St. Paul Hmong Alliance Church on Monday after a crane tipped onto its side.
The emergency call came just after noon from the construction site located at 1770 McMenemy Street.
Emergency responders were able to provide medical care to the victim, identified as 34-year-old Cory Lewellin, of Ogilvie, Minn., while they worked to free him from the cab.
Once Lewellin was extricated, he was taken to Regions Hospital; however, he was pronounced dead there despite the efforts of paramedics.
Maplewood police declined to speculate as to the cause of the accident, but said OSHA personnel have responded to the scene and are currently investigating.
Lewellin leaves behind three sons and daughter on the way. A benefit account for the children's future has been set up and contributions are accepted at all Greater Minnesota Credit Union branches, which are located in Elk River, Isle, Milaca, Mora, Pine City and Ogilvie.