Posted: Tuesday, 22 March 2011 7:41PM
UPDATED -- Missing MnDOT Worker Identified
MANKATO -- A Cleveland man has been identified as the MnDOT worker is presumed dead after his backhoe flipped while he clearing brush from Seven Mile Creek.
The State Patrol says the man is Michael J. Struck of Cleveland. MnDOT says he was 39.
The accident along Highway 169 happened around 11:50 a.m. according to the State Patrol.
Authorities say Struck, a nine-year veteran of MnDOT, was swept away in the swift currents of the river.
“Mike, like all our employees, was dedicated and willing to risk his life to keep our roads safe and passable, even under the worst conditions,” said Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel. “Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, friends and co-workers.”
Highway 169 was reopened to traffic in both directions around 5 p.m. this evening.
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