Two men hurt after concrete wall falls on top of them

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

VAN ALSTYNE, TX -- Two men working on a Van Alstyne building were rushed to the hospital after a cement wall fell on top of them this afternoon.

Officials say the concrete wall that fell onto the workers weighed more than 1,000 pounds. Investigators say no one but the workers on scene witnessed the incident, but the sound of the crash could be heard several blocks away.

Fourteen-year-old Cody Baker says he was walking to a friend's house just before 5 p.m. Monday when he heard the collapse.

"I heard maybe two or three sirens going off and I heard some rock tumbling," Cody said.

Van Alstyne Fire Chief Frank Baker says a cement wall had fallen onto two men in a box lift who were renovating a two story building on North Main.

One man's larynx was crushed and he was flown by medical helicopter to a Plano hospital. The other suffered cracked ribs and was taken to a McKinney hospital.

"It's not very common but anytime you're working on an existing structure there is the potential for injures," Chief Baker said.

Cody says he too was taken aback by the scene.

"I'm just shocked that it happened in this town, I mean it doesn't really happen that often," Cody said.

Chief Baker says the construction has been going on for about a week now. He says after officials complete their investigation into the accident they will look into the safety of the project.

"I'm hoping to find out what's going to make it safe for work to continue and for us to get this project completed,"Chief Baker said.

The names of the two men injured have not yet been released.

No one else was hurt.

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