Workers Injured in Collapse at A&M Equine Center Construction Site

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A number of construction workers were injured when a portion of the Texas A&M equine center under construction on the west side of the campus collapsed.

Workers were in elevated positions tying steel together on the 35-foot-tall, 300-foot-long barn on F&B Road near FM 2818 when they came down, College Station Fire Department spokesperson Bart Humphries said.

A 35-year-old man was admitted to St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan in critical condition, according to hospital spokesperson Tim Ottinger, who added that two 22-year-old men had been admitted in stable condition and a 32-year-old man received treatment and was later released.

According to Humphries, an additional worker had been transported to the College Station Medical Center. A spokesperson there said the worker in their care was in stable condition as of late Saturday afternoon.

Names of the injured have not been released, nor has the extent of their injuries.

Between 25 and 30 people were working at the scene at the time of the collapse, Humphries said.

According to a time line provided by the CSFD, they received a call at 10:49 a.m. First responders were on scene six minutes later. They were told four workers were in the portion that had collapsed. By 11:18 a.m., the injured were on their way to hospitals.

Once the structure was deemed stable, a secondary search was started. By 11:56 a.m., that search was complete and no others were found.

According to its website and local authorities, Gamma Construction Company based in Houston is the lead contractor on the project.

Ground was broken in October on the equine center. The first phase of the $80 million project was set for completion in 2014.

Phase 1, valued at $35 million, was for "facilities for the Aggie equestrian team and a cross-country course in collaboration with Texas A&M Athletics," according to an athletics department press release from October. "New facilities for the Parsons Mounted Cavalry are also included in the plan."

More on this developing story as it becomes available

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