Collapsed Wall Kills Construction Worker

In Queens, a construction worker was killed after a wall collapsed. Three others were injured in the accident.

Queens, NY—A construction accident at a Queens construction site killed one worker and injured three others, when a wall collapsed on Monday morning, January 10, 2011. The fatal construction accident occurred near Grand Ave. in Elmhurst around 9:30 a.m., as reported by the NY Daily News.

Gerardo Escalona, a worker at the construction site, said the workers were standing atop of scaffolding while they were stacking cinder blocks to construct a 20-foot high wall. As the workers were pouring cement to fill the wall, it gave way, collapsing onto the workers.

Responding emergency crews rushed one worker, identified as Huberto Sanchez, 27, of Corona, by ambulance to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead. Sanchez reportedly went into cardiac arrest during the collapse.

Three others were also rushed to Elmhurst where they are in stable condition.

Juan Campusano, 41, the concrete-pump operator at the site… continue reading

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Boy in New Mexico Boards Bus After Being Hit

A boy in New Mexico was hit by a school bus which he then boarded after. The boy suffered from leg and rib injuries.

Rio Rancho, NM– A Rio Rancho boy was hit by a school bus and then boarded it with leg and rib injuries on Wednesday afternoon, January 5, 2011. The automobile accident occurred at around 1:05 p.m. as the bus from Maggie Cordova Elementary School was traveling on Wexford Road near Tarpon Avenue, as reported by KRQE.

Rio Rancho Police Department reported that a 9-year-old boy ran in front of the school and was hit, but he still boarded the bus as it made a few more stops before emergency crews arrived.

Responding emergency crews rushed the boy via ambulance to University of New Mexico Hospital for treatment of rib and leg injuries.

A full investigation is underway. The Rio Rancho Public Schools is conducting its own investigation of the accident. The bus driver, who reportedly is a veteran, was placed on administrative… continue reading

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