1 dead, 1 injured at Vikings’ new stadium

One construction worked is dead and another in serious condition after an accident during construction of U.S. Bank Stadium.

One construction worker is dead and another was in serious condition at a Minneapolis hospital after an accident during construction at the Minnesota Vikings’ new U.S. Bank Stadium.

The accident happened at approximately 7:45 a.m. Wednesday when the worker that died fell about 50 feet while performing duties on the north side of the stadium, Mortenson Construction said in a statement.

“I was just made aware of the accident at the stadium today with the workers and one of them has passed away,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said after the team's morning practice. “It’s a sad for us with the Vikings. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families.”

All work at the stadium has been stopped, Mortenson said.

Crews requested a rescue basket and ropes, along with cables, as part of the rescue, the Minneapolis Fire Department tweeted during the rescue. The worker that was injured didn’t fall, said John Wood, senior vice president of Mortenson, but details of how the accident happened were scarce.

“Today is an extremely sad day for the Minnesota Vikings organization and the entire stadium team,” the Vikings said in a statement Wednesday. “Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the individual who passed away, the worker who remains hospitalized, and the more than 1,000 dedicated construction workers who are on the site every day and are also affected by this accident.”

The Vikings’ nearly $1.1 billion stadium features a clear roof that is being installed with a July 2016 opening scheduled.

“Our priority is to ensure that we know exactly what happened and ensure that it never happens again,” Wood said at a press conference. “A man lost his life on this project today and that simply never should happen.”

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