A building collapse at Texas A&M University has injured four construction workers. The collapse happened on Saturday at an $80 million equestrian complex currently under construction.
The collapse happened on the university’s property, about a mile from the Texas A&M main campus, according to school spokesman Lane Stephenson.
Along with campus police and Texas A&M emergency medical personnel, College Station and Bryan fire department were on the scene on Saturday afternoon.
The building collapse involved a barn approximately 300-feet long. The barn’s frame collapsed, leaving behind twisted metal beams. Ground was broken on the construction project last fall.
The four workers injured in the Texas A&M building collapse were taken to the hospital. Three of them were reportedly in critical condition at the time. After the initial collapse, emergency workers were forced to stop searching for the workers temporarily because of concerns that another collapse could happen.
Thankfully, it didn’t. A statement from College Station Fire Department explained:
“After that time search and rescue efforts were suspended until the remainder of the structure that was still standing could be stabilized. After the structure was secure a secondary search of the area was conducted to ensure that all patients had been located.”
Texas A&M police officials are still not sure what caused the building to collapse on Saturday. The construction project is being managed by Gamma Construction. The company has not yet released a statement about the incident.
The first phase of the university’s equestrian center was expected to be complete next year. The facility is expected to include locker rooms, offices, a concessions building, a barn with 50 stalls, and practice arenas. Also included will be two covered competition arenas.
At the time of the collapse, weather conditions were cloudy and temperatures were in the mid-80s. Of the four workers injured in the Texas A&M building collapse, only one remained in the hospital as of Sunday night.
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