Family searches for heroes who saved Lincoln man after bridge collapses

Robert Perkins
Robert Perkins

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A Lincoln man is lucky to be alive after a terrifying accident at work, a bridge partially collapsing underneath him.

27-year-old Colin Perkins, who works for OLB Railway, was mowing the grass around some railroad tracks Tuesday morning. He was driving a skid-steer loader over a small bridge near 33rd and Baldwin, like he’s done plenty of times before, when that bridge partially collapsed. Colin, while still inside his machine, fell 25 feet below into some water.

Thankfully, two mystery men, who his parents are now calling his angels, jumped into action and saved Colin’s life.

“The two gentleman, this really big fence, really high fence, they jumped over the fence and saw what was going on. They helped keep his head up out of the water, because his head was out of the water until help could come,” DeAnn Perkins, Colin’s mother said. “I have been told from co-workers and his employer that if they wouldn’t have been there, he wouldn’t be here today.”

Colin’s girlfriend received a Facebook message from one of his co-workers saying Colin had been in a horrible work accident. And that’s when his mom and dad got a call no parent wants to receive.

“We really didn’t know what to think and when we got to the hospital it took quite awhile to talk to a person; it was probably, over an hour, two hours, and we had a chaplain with us,” Perkins said. “We didn’t know what was going on until we found out.”

Colin remains in the ICU at Bryan West with several broken ribs, a broken shoulder blade, and two broken vertebrae in his back. In the last 24 hours, he’s undergone multiple surgeries and has a long road to recovery. His family says they will take everything day by day, they’re just lucky he’s alive.

“Just keep him in your thoughts and prayers,” Perkins said. “He has a ways to go, but he’s lucky to be alive.”

Colin’s parents would like to find those two mystery men who gave Colin a second chance at life and thank them for being the guardian angels they are.

“We’re calling the two people that helped saved him, his angels,” Perkins said. “We would like to find them and find out who they are.”

That bridge, usually used by trains, is closed for the time being. We’re working to learn more on what led up to that collapse.

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