9 Injured in Shreveport Building Collapse

On Friday morning, a building collapsed on the construction site for Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. Of the 18 workers on the site, 9 were injured and pulled from the collapsed building; however, according to Shreveport Fire Chief Scott Wolverton, all workers have been accounted for and injuries are reported to not be life-threatening, a fact that he attributed to “divine intervention.”

Wolverton stated the Shreveport Fire Department Urban Rescue team went to the scene, but there was no lengthy extrication required. "The most difficult part was determining whether we had anybody trapped or not. We needed communication with the people that were on scene to account for all employees on site.”

He went on to say that triage and treatment was needed on scene for many patients.

In total, more than 30 firefighters responded to the accident.

Willis Knighton Chief Operating Officer Chuck Daigle stated that while the cause of the accident is not yet known, all activity has stopped while an investigation is pending.

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