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Martin Marietta employee flown to OU Medical Heart after crane accident

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MILL CREEK, Oklahoma (KXII) – A crane operator was hauled out of the Martin Marietta Mill Creek limestone quarry by helicopter Thursday after handling an approximately 200,000-pound crane.

Johnston County Sheriff Gary Dodd said the man was alive when he was flown to OU Medical Center, but the man’s legs were crushed.

“The operator was trapped under the crane,” said Dodd.

Next to the sheriff’s office, Dodd said the Ravia, Mill Creek, Tishomingo, Reagan, Sulfur and Madill fire departments had responded. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol transported a surgeon from Durant to stabilize the man for the flight.

“It was a very technical and dangerous exemption,” said Dodd. “Several people on site, all with the common goal of saving this man’s life.”

The US Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration will investigate this. Since the sheriff’s office is responsible for all crimes in the county, so will they.

“Based on the preliminary investigation, it doesn’t appear to be anything shameful or criminal,” Dodd said. “But we have to rule that out.”

It is the second crane accident in the district in the last two years. Dodd said they have nothing to do with each other.

“Separate incidents, nothing like or even the same,” said Dodd. “This company is a well-known company, a well-regulated company. It’s not a very common incident. “

Dodd said first responders arrived within minutes and did all they could.

“We all hope in him and pray for him and a speedy recovery,” said Dodd. “Whatever that looks like.”

KXII reached out to Martin Marietta but didn’t listen in time for the print.

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