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Man injured at Blue Lake construction site

Blue Lake overflows its spillway in September. The city plans to borrow up to $45 million to help fund a project that will raise the dam's height by 83 feet. Construction is already happening. (Photo: Ted Laufenberg)

(Photo by Ted Laufenberg)

A man in his mid-50s was seriously injured on Wednesday (3/6/2013) afternoon at the Blue Lake Hydro Expansion project.

Municipal Administrator Jim Dinley says the man was first taken to Sitka Community Hospital, and then medevacked to Seattle last night, between 8 and 9 pm, for further treatment.

Dinley says the man was working as a subcontractor on the project. He says people at the construction site reported that the man was in an excavator that rolled down the hillside. They say he tried to jump out, but it’s unclear if he made it out or not.

The accident is being investigated. More details may be pending.

The Blue Lake Hydro Expansion project began on Nov. 1, 2012. It’s the largest public infrastructure project in city history.

For more information on the project, you can read past stories reported by KCAW News:

Sitkans asked to conserve water next week
Size Matters
Mayor: ‘Don’t assume, always hope’ for funding
Sitka’s Blue Lake project a complicated ‘game’
Rates to rise as Blue Lake project moves forward

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