EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — Strong Mississippi River currents have forced the suspension of a search for a construction worker who fell with a piece of equipment into the river during a bridge-building project.
Authorities called off the search late Wednesday afternoon and planned to resume Thursday in the river near East St. Louis.
A Missouri Department of Transportation spokesman says the worker was in a harness inside a four-wheeled aerial lift when equipment toppled from a barge into the river.
The worker hasn't been publicly identified.
The four-lane, cable-stayed bridge linking Missouri to southwestern Illinois would be the first span in the congestion-plagued area in some four decades. The more than $600 million project is to be completed by early 2014.
The new bridge would divert Interstate 70 traffic from another span.