One construction worker was killed and two were hospitalized after a collapse sent concrete slabs and bricks falling onto them at a work site on 130th Street Thursday.
A 1915 two-story warehouse was being demolished for a Columbia University expansion project, buildings department and FDNY officials said.
Workers on site had cut a structural beam, which is believed to have caused the site to become unstable, officials said. It wasn’t immediately clear to officials whether the cut beam was an error or intentional as part of the work.
Two of the victims were near each other and a third was 50 feet away. It took firefighters 45 minutes to burrow a tunnel through the debris and rescue the third man, the FDNY said.
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