Two workers killed, seven hurt in building collapse

14th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

14 July 2006, MADRID — An investigation was underway on Friday into the partial collapse of a building that killed two workers and injured seven others.

14 July 2006

MADRID — An investigation was underway on Friday into the partial collapse of a building that killed two workers and injured seven others.

The tragedy happened on Thursday at a building which was under construction in the central Spanish town of Alcobendas, near Madrid.

Emergency services personnel told EFE that at the time of the accident, 17 workers were inside the structure.

Two of them were crushed to death by concrete and iron rubble and the seven injured men were taken to a hospital.

One of the dead was a Polish immigrant.

Of the injured, only two were hurt seriously enough to require hospitalization.

About 50 firefighters, police and civil defence personnel took part in the rescue operation.

An official of the regional government of Madrid, Alfredo Prada, said that, so far it was not clear what was the cause of the collapse.

Meanwhile, union officials told EFE that the four-level building - one of those levels being a basement area - partially came down "possibly when the supports gave way due to excess weight".

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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