Construction worker killed, three injured in Chicago suburb: reports

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Posted: Apr 05, 2016 8:46 AM

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A construction worker was killed and three others suffered minor injuries when a 45-ton beam fell along a highway in a suburb northwest of Chicago early on Tuesday, according to reports.

The 187-foot-long overpass steel beam was being lifted when it slipped and fell about 3:30 a.m. CDT during work under an Interstate 90 bridge in Des Plaines, Illinois, a suburb near O'Hare International Airport about 20 miles from Chicago, reports said.

The construction worker was taken to a hospital in critical condition and died from his injuries, reports said. Three other workers were taken to hospitals with minor injuries.

Des Plaines police and fire officials did not respond to requests for comment.

The construction work was part of a project to rebuild and widen the highway, reports said.

(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales; Editing by Bill Trott)