Just last week, a scaffolding collapse near Greenway Plaza left one worker injured and called for serious rescue efforts. Today, a similar accident occurred, this time trapping several people in the rumble.
According to reports, the scaffolding that was being used to work on an unfinished building suddenly collapsed around 11:10 a.m. The building is located across the street from Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston.
The Houston Fire Department (HFD) quickly arrived at the scene. They now have 30 trucks on-site, which includes several heavy rescue units. The spokesman for the HFD, Ruy Lozano, commented that they currently believe that several construction workers on the site were involved with the incident. At this time, they are unsure how many people may be trapped or injured in the rubble.
Unexpected Collapse Results in Search for Workers
It wasn’t clear how many workers were on the scaffolding when it collapsed or where all the crew was located when it occurred, but some reports indicate that four people are trapped as of now.
Following the collapse, the immediate attention of observers and construction workers went to trying to determine where trapped parties may be located. One the scene of the accident was Tina S., who came out of her office after hearing the loud sound from the collapse. She reported that "The main focus was toward the middle part because a lot of the guys were hearing 'Help! Help! Help!' The people that were around started pulling the fence off the building trying to get to the workers."
Reports Claim Car Slipped Side of Scaffolding
Individuals who work in the building next door to the construction site have claimed they saw a black car clip the side of scaffolding as it drove off, causing it to collapse. The Houston Fire Department and Houston Police Department have not confirmed that this was the cause or that any such incident took place as of now.
Authorities will continue to try to determine the cause of the accident as rescue workers focus on clearing the rubble and finding any remaining construction workers that may still be trapped.