Reaction at the Scene of the Equine Center Collapse

By: Alex Lotz Email
By: Alex Lotz Email

What started out as a normal day for construction, quickly took a turn for worse.

Right before 11 Saturday morning, the Texas A&M University Equine center collapsed. According to the College Station Fire Department, workers were elevated 35 feet tying steel together when the collapse happened.

Texas A&M University Police Lieutenant Alan Baron said 13 emergency units from College Station, Bryan and University Police were sent to the scene. "My thoughts and prayers go out the families of the individuals who have been injured," Baron said.

Right now it is not known what caused the beams to collapse, but the construction company is investigating. Gamma Construction company of Houston has been overseeing the project

"I've never been on a job site where anything like this has happened," said Justin Court, a local construction worker who went to see the destruction for himself.

He says his grandmother also heard the collapse from miles away. "She had heard a real loud noise and a whole lot of ambulances,"
Court said.

Cars driving down F&B road in College Station were stopping to see the destruction.

"We saw just a line of fire trucks, ambulances, everything," said Teresa Herrera, a bystander. Herrera has been watching the construction progress of the equine center from the start. "With all of the first responders, we thought something terrible was happening."

Fire officials say 25 to 30 people were working at the scene, but everyone has been accounted for.

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