Man, boy dead in cherry picker accident in Albuquerque

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Posted: May 25, 2015 1:23 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a man and a 12-year-old boy are dead and three other boys are injured after the cherry picker they were in was thrown by a gust of wind.

Police were called around 1:45 p.m. Sunday about a report of an equipment failure and several children injured, according to a report by KOB-TV in Albuquerque.

Police spokesman Simon Drobik says in a news release issued Sunday night that the man and the boys were in the basket of the cherry picker.

He says it wasn't secured to the ground and a witness reported that wind toppled it and all five were thrown from the lift.

Drobik says the man died at the scene and the boy at the hospital.

Of the other three, he says two boys ages 10 and 7 are in critical condition, and another 10-year-old boy is stable.

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Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com