1 killed when crane collapses at U.S. Steel in Ecorse

Company says victim was not U.S. Steel worker, but a contractor

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ECORSE, Mich. - A crane operator has been killed at the U.S. Steel facility in Ecorse.

Police said the incident happened at 5:45 a.m. Friday, when the crane tipped over, ejecting the operator.

In a statement, U.S. Steel said the crane operator was a contractor who worked for Connelly Crane Company. No one else was hurt.

Workers say the crane was there making repairs from a pipe collapse last week.

The company told Local 4 it would be issuing a statement soon, but didn't release any immediate details.

The facility is near Visger Road and Jefferson Avenue.

Statement from U.S. Steel:

"This morning (April 4 - 4:55 a.m.) at U. S. Steel Great Lakes Works, there was an incident in which a crane collapsed at the #2 BOP which resulted in the fatal injury of a contractor.  No other injuries have been reported and no additional details regarding the incident can be provided at this time."

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