Feds Probe Downtown Forklift Crash in Springfield

Jul 5, 2012

Federal safety and health officials are investigating how a forklift plunged through a Springfield sidewalk into a cellar.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The Republican reported that the forklift operator, who was not identified, was hospitalized with minor injuries following the incident on Tuesday.

Fire Commissioner Joseph Contant said the operator was a MassMutual Center employee who had been moving large planters for the Springfield Business Improvement District.

Public Works Director Allan Chwalek said the heavy lift should not have been operated on city sidewalks. He said the lift may have fallen into an underground area that was once a coal chute.

The sight of the upended forklift that fell rear-end first into the cellar, its forks pointing toward the sky, slowed traffic and drew onlookers.

Tristan O’Neill, WAMC News.

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