Juneau Police Department officers and Capital City Fire/Rescue personnel respond to an accident at the Downtown Public Library on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. A construction worker was injured at a work site after a driver reportedly drove through the library parking barrier. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Juneau Police Department officers and Capital City Fire/Rescue personnel respond to an accident at the Downtown Public Library on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. A construction worker was injured at a work site after a driver reportedly drove through the library parking barrier. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Worker injured in parking garage accident in stable condition

A car knocked over a steel beam, crushing his legs.

A worker injured by a SUV that drove through the side of a parking garage onto a downtown construction site Monday is in stable condition, said a hospital spokesperson for Bartlett Regional Hospital.

BRH public information officer Katie Bausler confirmed the worker’s condition status. The name of the worker, a 50-year-old Juneau resident who was an employee of Trucano Construction Corporation, has not been released, according to a release sent out by Juneau Police Department Lt. Krag Campbell.

The crash was caused when the driver of the Ford Explorer, a 76-year-old Juneau male resident, accidentally stepped on the gas while attempting to park in the parking garage, Campbell said in the release. He accelerated and punched through the wooden parking garage wall, trapping the victim of the accident under a steel I-beam. Other workers were able to lift the beam off him with construction equipment and free him.

The accident is still under investigation, police said.


• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at 523-2271 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.


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