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3 people injured, 1 critically, after scaffolding collapses in downtown Fort Worth

Scaffolding collapses in downtown Fort Worth

Three people were injured, one of them critically, when scaffolding collapsed in downtown Fort Worth Wednesday afternoon.
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Three people were injured, one of them critically, when scaffolding collapsed in downtown Fort Worth Wednesday afternoon.

Three people were injured, one of them critically, when scaffolding collapsed Wednesday afternoon in downtown Fort Worth, authorities said.

A 911 call made at 12:36 p.m. reported that scaffolding had collapsed in a construction area around the 200 block of Houston Street. Two people were reportedly trapped, authorities said.

“When we arrived on scene, we found a construction elevator on the outside had partially collapsed,” according to Mike Drivdahl of the Fort Worth Fire Department.

It wasn’t immediately known how or why the collapse occurred.

Drivdahl said the workers were resurfacing some of the brick exterior of the building when the collapse happened.

OSHA will take over the investigation to determine why the collapse occurred, Drivdahl said.

Sundance Square Management owns the building where the collapse occurred. A spokeswoman said they are getting in touch with the construction company to get more information.

The construction company, Whiting-Turner, was not immediately available for comment Wednesday night.

At 6:30 p.m., workers, some of whom wore Whiting-Turner vests, set up metal barricades around the block. The sidewalk under the collapsed scaffolding remained closed, as did the sidewalk around the corner, which is also beneath scaffolding.

Second Street remained closed between Houston and Throckmorton streets.

The city will not be investigating the collapse, Fort Worth spokesman Kevin Neal said.

“It’s a private development on private property,” Neal said. “We do inspections when a building first opens, but that building hasn’t opened yet. At this point, we don’t have a dog in this race.”

One person has critical injuries after scaffolding collapsed in downtown Fort Worth on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Two other people reported minor injuries.

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Nichole Manna reports on crime, breaking news and other mayhem across North Texas. Before moving to Fort Worth in July 2018, she covered crime and breaking news in Tennessee, North Carolina, Nebraska and Kansas. She is a 2012 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and grew up in Florida.


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