A worker on the Central Corridor rail project was rushed into surgery after his piece of equipment tipped over late Tuesday morning east of downtown Minneapolis.

The Ames Construction Co. employee was working on an overpass above Interstate 35W, where the Central Corridor rail will connect with the Hiawatha light rail line, said project spokeswoman Laura Baenen.

Other workers at the site used a front-end loader to move the equipment off their trapped colleague's right leg, Baenen said.

The worker underwent surgery at Hennepin County Medical Center, where his right hand and right foot were amputated.

Work at the location was called off for the day, Baenen said.

This is the second "time-loss" injury since work on the Central Corridor project began in September 2009. In June 2011, a worker for a subcontractor severely injured her hand while operating a drill on the Washington Avenue Bridge, Baenen said.

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