Yolo County authorities released the identities of two construction workers who died Friday after falling from a crane while working on the new Winters Bridge.
Winters Fire Chief Aaron McAlister confirmed the men were Marcus Zane Powell, 25, of Los Gatos and Glenn Hodgson, 49, of Richmond.
According to authorities, the Winters Fire Department was called shortly before 7 a.m. Friday to the scene of an accident where the two men in a basket suspended by a crane approximately 80 feet in the air fell to their deaths on the Yolo County side of the construction site at the new Winters Bridge on Railroad Avenue. They were declared dead at the scene.
When contacted by phone Monday at her San Jose home, Powell's mother said she did not want to comment at this time about her son's death.
The men, employed by Bay Area-based Disney Construction Inc., landed on wooden beams stretched across a hole dug to hold the anchor system for the footing of the new bridge, said McAlister.
Disney Construction founder and owner Richard Disney said Friday that the cable holding the cage didn't break. An investigation into the cause of the accident is still ongoing.
Crews were building the foundation for the new span. In September, city and county officials celebrated the future bridge at a ground breaking ceremony. In January the demolition of the old bridge started and a temporary bridge now fills the gap. Disney Construction also put the temporary bridge in place.
The 102-year-old, three-span bridge known as the "welcome mat to Winters" will be replaced with a five-span concrete bridge that will include two traffic lanes, a sidewalk and crosswalk for a connection with an adjacent trestle bridge. It will also include two belvederes for viewing Putah Creek and pedestrian lighting.
Set to open in 2015, the new bridge will be approximately 475 feet long by 40 feet wide.
Staff writer Mark Gomez contributed to this report.