Two workers hurt in Van Alstyne wall collapse

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on April 16, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 17 at 8:03 AM

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VAN ALSTYNE —Two construction workers in Van Alstyne were injured Monday afternoon when a cinder block wall gave way at a building undergoing renovation along the city's historic Main Street.

Fire crews and OSHA are montoring the wall as there is a concern the wall could crumble further.

Van Alstyne Fire Chief Frank Baker the workers were using a bucket truck to remove bricks from the facade of the two-story building at 136 North Main just after four o'clock.

That's when a large slab of concrete cinder blocks collapsed on top of them.

A helicopter ambulance took one of the injured workers to Medical Center of Plano; the other was transported by ground ambulance to Medical Center of McKinney.

Chief Baker said he did not have a condition report on either patient.

Structural engineers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were at the scene to evaluate the safety and stability of the building. They were discussing what steps need to be taken to make it secure.

Van Alstyne is 16 miles north of McKinney in southern Grayson County.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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