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Man critically injured in Billings Heights construction accident

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Posted at 12:45 PM, Jul 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-20 14:45:37-04

BILLINGS - A man was critically injured after a bank vault fell on top of him at a Billings Heights construction site Monday morning.

Billings Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Johnson said around 11:30 a.m. fire, police, and AMR responded to the 900 block of Main Street where a new Chase bank is under construction. Johnson said people inside the building were moving a 6,000-pound vault into place on a cart and it somehow tipped over and fell on a man.

Construction workers on the scene were able to help lift the vault off of the man before emergency crews responded.

Johnson said the man was breathing when he was then taken to a Billings hospital but his condition was unknown.

Chase Bank representative Darcy Donahoe-Wilmot issued this statement Monday afternoon:

“We’re incredibly saddened to learn about the tragic accident that took place during construction at our Billings Height branch. Our hearts go out to the victim and his family, and we continue to work closely with local authorities.”

There were several businesses on the scene doing work Monday.

Timm Lorch was the construction superintendent for Summit Properties. He said it was not his company or crew involved with the vault, but said Billings should feel very proud of the emergency responders for their immediate response and quick action.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.