MORTON — An employee of Caterpillar Inc. in Morton was taken to a Peoria hospital early Wednesday morning after an accident at a facility there.

Morton Fire Chief Joe Kelley said his department sent an ambulance to the Caterpillar Morton plant about 4:20 a.m. While declining to give specifics, he said the employee appears to have been injured by a moving piece of equipment like a crane. The man's identify as well as his condition when he was transported or later that day were not available Wednesday afternoon.

Janice Walters, a Caterpillar spokeswoman, said the employee is an electrician. He was taken to OSF Healthcare Saint Francis Medical Center.

"Employee safety is of utmost importance to Caterpillar, and we are in close contact with those involved," she said.

Kelley said he wasn't at the scene but believed the call required some form of advanced life support.

The chief said it's not uncommon for Morton to respond to the Caterpillar facilities for a workplace accident, adding that they can respond as often as once a week.