8 injured in scaffolding collapse at high school

8 injured in scaffolding collapse at high school

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 13 at 12:37 PM

MARION, N.C. -- The crumpled scaffolding is still broken and lying on the ground, hours after collapsing with 15 people on it.

Emergency responders say seven of the workers jumped onto and straddled the wall, but the others fell between 40 and 50 feet into a pile of twisted metal.

One man dangled from the scaffold for nearly an hour before firefighters could free him.

The workers were building a new wing to McDowell High School when the accident happened.

More than 70 rescuers were called to the busy construction scene.

Two of the eight injured workers were life-flighted to hospitals in Spartanburg and Asheville.

All of the workers were with Beam Construction out of Cherryville.

Business officials say they’ve still not determined the cause of the accident, and right now their focus is on the injured and their families.

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