Four workers injured after structure collapses at A&M

POSTED: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 3:49pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 9:50pm

It looked like a scene straight out of a Hollywood movie.

Twisted steel littered the site of the future home of the Texas A&M Equine Initiative Center Saturday after a 300-foot barn Gama Construction Company out of Houston was building collapsed.

"[It looks like] a big plate of spaghetti is what it is," said Justin Court, a local construction worker. "It's all just a big mangle of red iron metal that's in a big pile."

At the time of the accident workers were as high as 35 feet in the air tying together the steel structural beams when they fell, trapping four workers underneath.

"It's difficult but our thoughts and prayers are going out to the ones that were injured and their families and wishing them a quick and full recovery," said Allan Baron with Texas A&M Police.

The accident has many wondering how could something like this happen?

Justin Court has an idea, "The wind maybe? It was pretty windy and that top crane could have gotten swayed and it just created a domino effect."

We're told an official explanation won't be released until an investigation is completed.

A&M officials say Gamma Construction is leading the probe and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) will also investigate.

Three of the four injured have been released from the hospital.

And the fourth, who was critically injured, has been upgraded to fair condition according to hospital officials.


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