Wind Gust To Blame For Structure Collapse Injuring 4 People

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

Four men are recovering tonight after a barn they were constructing collapsed.

The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. near the Washington County city of Brenham.

A strong gust of wind is what investigators believe caused a 2-story barn structure to collapse.

Twelve construction workers were building the barn in the 8900 block of FM 389 near Brenham. Two were on the roof, and the others on the ground.

Lance Abel is the owner of the Mill Creek Custom Homes which is the construction company in charge of the project. He didn't want to talk on camera but tells us a gust of wind caused two of the workers on the roof to lose their balance. They grabbed on to the rafters, and that force caused the top of the building to collapse.

The two workers on the roof fell, and two people working underneath the roof were trapped.

Two men were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Bryan for trauma related injuries. The two others injured were taken to Scott and White Hospital in Brenham. All 4 workers are in good condition.

Abel says the damage will be cleaned up and construction of the barn will continue as planned.

The National Weather Service had predicted wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour in the Brenham area this afternoon.

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