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FORKLIFT DRIVER CRITICAL AFTER ACCIDENT

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A 21-year-old construction worker was in critical condition with a broken back and internal injuries after he was rescued from underneath a 21,400-pound forklift Monday afternoon.

Thomas M. Davis of Wales was driving the forklift down Ephraim Canyon when the rain-soaked side of the road gave way, said Utah State Highway Trooper Gene Openshaw. The accident occurred about 3 p.m.The forklift rolled down the side of the canyon and came to rest on some rocks. Davis was wearing his seat belt, but when he tried to get out of the forklift, it moved and pinned him underneath, Openshaw said.

Rescue crews had to use a crane to lift the forklift off Davis. He was pinned underneath for nearly two hours before an ambulance was able to rush him to Sanpete Valley Hospital in Mt. Pleasant. Davis was then transferred to Utah Valley Regional Hospital in Provo.

He works for Andcon Construction Co. of Orem, which is installing a new water tank for the town of Ephraim.