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Man recovers from near-fatal injuries after Oshkosh bridge crane collapse

10:48 PM, Feb. 2, 2013
Martin DeRidder of Plymouth, 34, receives physical and occupational therapies at Rocky Knoll Health Care Center Thursday, January 31, 2013 after a series of major operations on his head injury caused by a fatal crane collapse accident in July at a road construction site on U.S. Highway 41 in Oshkosh. The crane operated by DeRidder collapsed and killed a construction worker and almost claimed his own.
Martin DeRidder of Plymouth, 34, receives physical and occupational therapies at Rocky Knoll Health Care Center Thursday, January 31, 2013 after a series of major operations on his head injury caused by a fatal crane collapse accident in July at a road construction site on U.S. Highway 41 in Oshkosh. The crane operated by DeRidder collapsed and killed a construction worker and almost claimed his own.
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Martin DeRidder doesn't remember the day he should have died.

He doesn't remember the day before it, much of the day before that, or the month that followed.

The picture has been pieced together for him by coworkers, emergency records, doctors and his girlfriend. But there's one piece missing, and it's the one he alone can complete. It will tell him what went wrong July 5, 2012, when the crane he was operating collapsed, took another man's life and nearly cost him his own. ...

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