Worker hurt in fall at prison

The condition of Marshall Donnelly was upgraded today to serious.


WALLA WALLA -- The condition of an electrician supervisor injured in a fall at the Washington State Penitentiary has been upgraded to serious today.

The supervisor, Marshall Donnelly, 28, was injured about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, said prison spokeswoman Shari Hall. He was working in the prison's south Intensive Management Unit and "fell about 12 to 16 feet from the ceiling onto a concrete floor while working in (the unit)," she said.

After being taken to Providence St. Mary's Medical Center, Donnelly was transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was initially listed in critical condition, but underwent surgery Tuesday night and "was able to wiggle his fingers and toes" today, Hall said.

Following the accident prison staff members secured the area and are now waiting for state Labor and Industries investigators to arrive.

Updates on Donnelly's condition will be posted on a Web site sponsored by Caring through Harborview, Hall said.

An account is also being set up at a local financial institution to accept donations for the family.


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