Crane accident victim released from hospital

WIND TURBINE

AUSTIN, Minn. – The man injured when a multi-million dollar crane tipped over in Mower County has been released from the hospital.

35-year-old Matthew Yardley was taken to Mayo Clinic in Rochester on Friday after the crane he was operating at a wind turbine site five miles south of Grand Meadow fell over.  Yardley, an employee of Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental, was working to repair the turbine project owned by Next Era Energy.

Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi says the accident site remains roped off by investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and that a larger crane will have to be brought in to remove the $5 million crane that tipped over.

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