City of Lubbock employee dies following bridge collapse

A 57-year old parks employee from the City of Lubbock has died of injuries received during the Feb. 19 collapse of a pedestrian bridge he was attempting to drive across in Mae Simmons Park. According to a press release from the City of Lubbock, Mark Fort was part of a two-person team working to fill holes in the park when he attempted to cross the bridge in a skid steer. A 9-1-1 call was received at approximately 11:31 a.m. Feb. 19. Fort was submerged in the water under the bridge and was resuscitated at the scene.

Fort’s condition was previously reported as stable.

According to the City, he had been a city employee for a little more than two years and was a heavy equipment operator in parks maintenance. Fort died Monday.

In a statement, Lubbock Parks Director Bridget Faulkenberry said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s family, friends, and co-workers. Mark had worked in Parks Maintenance for just over two years, but he left a lasting impression during that time.”

In addition to Fort, four other city employees were transported to the hospital for various injuries. All were treated and released.

Funeral services for Fort are pending.