BREMERTON, Wash. – A tug/barge worker on a bridge construction project was critically injured Saturday morning, March 5, 2011, when he was struck in the head. Following the injury, the marine worker was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with severe head trauma, and his injuries appear to be life-threatening, Bremerton fire officials said.
The 39-year-old man was unconscious following the 8 a.m. accident. The injured tug/barge worker is part of a crew that is building a new bridge across Bremerton’s Port Washington Narrows to replace the aging Manette Bridge. He was working on a barge or small tugboat under the bridge at the time of the accident. All work on the bridge project was halted after the accident.