HASTINGS - A construction worker from Lansing nearly drowns in an accident on the job in Hastings. The Hastings police department reports the 57-year-old Lansing man was working on a new Michigan Avenue bridge in Hastings when he fell into the Thornapple river shortly before noon Friday. The worker was pulled from the water about 100 feet downstream, after being completely submerged for at least five minutes. Police say that first responders were able to get the man breathing on his own, while he was being loaded into a med-chopper. His situation is still life threatening. Police say early indicators are that "hip-wader" boots, worn by the victim at the time, filled quickly with water pulling the subject further into the river and downstream. The man's name has not been released. He was part of a crew with Davis Construction putting final touches on the bridge.
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