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Cloquet man critically injured at Brainerd road construction site

A 29-year-old Cloquet man was injured Wednesday when he was accidentally backed over by an excavator at a road construction project in Brainerd.

According to a news release from the Brainerd Police Department, officers and an ambulance responded to the accident shortly before 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. They found Andrew Jutila with "significant injuries" to his legs and pelvis after being hit by the excavator, operated by a 24-year-old Cloquet man. Both men are employed by Andrew Jutila Companies of Scanlon.

Jutila, who was conscious and alert at the scene, was transported to Essentia Health St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd, then transferred to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minn. He was reported in critical condition this morning.

The accident occurred on the south side of Brainerd, on College Drive in the vicinity of South Fourth Street.

North Ambulance, Brainerd Fire and Rescue, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Patrol assisted Brainerd Police at the scene.