Chief Joseph Dam

BRIDGEPORT — A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employee was injured Tuesday in a serious fall at Chief Joseph Dam.

Corps public affairs chief Patricia Cook Graesser confirmed Tuesday the worker was hurt and taken by ambulance for medical treatment, but said she could provide no further information. 

Ambulance crews were dispatched to the dam on the Upper Columbia River about 1:45 p.m., after a report of a male who had fallen some 20 feet and suffered unknown injuries.

Graesser said the accident is under investigation, and more details might be available Wednesday.

Chief Joseph Dam is the second largest hydropower dam in the United States, completed in 1958, and the largest such dam operated by the Corps of Engineers. Its reservoir is the 516,000-acre Rufus Woods Lake.

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