Posted: Oct 19, 2013 4:31 PM by Jamie Leary - MTN News
BUTTE - An incident that was believed to be an unusual accident, has now turned into the scene of a tragic accident.
On Friday afternoon, a cherrypicker fell into a building near the intersection of Alabama and Broadway in Butte.
Initial reports did not confirm any injuries or serious damage but new information coming in from the Butte-Silver Bow County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that one person was killed in the accident and another was injured.
Sheriff Ed Lester said, two Butte men were driving and while in transit, they pulled over to reposition the boom of the cherrypicker.
They got into the basket of the cherrypicker and as they began to reposition the boom, the cherrypicker tipped off the flatbed it was on, Lester said.
Both men were thrown off the basket as the machine fell. One of the men died while the other was treated for his injuries and released.
The victim was taken to St. James Healthcare in Butte and then life-flighted to St.Patrick Hospital in Missoula where he passed away.
Names of the two men have not been released but we will continue updating this story as more information comes in.