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Construction Mishap Sends Excavator Into SD River



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An excavator working on a bank stabilization project near Yankton ended up submerged in the James River.
 
The construction equipment belonging to a Merrill, Iowa, contractor hired by the South Dakota Department of Transportation was helping place rock riprap Tuesday to guard against erosion. DOT engineer Ron Peterson says that soil on the bank gave way and the excavator slid into the water and got stuck in mud.
 
No one was hurt. Officials on Wednesday were searching for a crane to pull the excavator from the river.  Officials say they took steps to prevent any oil or fuel leaks into the water.
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