6 Injured In Downtown Houston Scaffolding Collapse

The scaffolding at a construction site next to Minute Maid Park spans almost an entire block. The outcome could have been worse.

The collapse happened shortly after 11 a.m. Friday.

Eric Valdez, one of the construction workers there at the time of the collapse, was inside on the fifth floor of the future apartment complex on Crawford near Congress Avenue.

"All I heard was a thud and that's when all the scaffolding fell off and that's when I rushed towards the window to see what's happening, and everything was falling apart," Valdez said.

The Houston Fire Department dispatched more than 30 units. Six workers who were trapped under the rubble were taken to hospitals, and a rescue team searched for possible additional victims.

They stopped searching in the afternoon after all workers were accounted for and no pedestrians could be found.

Fire Capt. Ruy Lozano said it could have been a lot worse.

"When you have a major collapse in a pretty robust metropolitan area, downtown Houston, across from Minute Maid, during normal business hours, during the week, and you only transport six with non-life threatening injuries, we got really lucky," he said.

The fire department remained on scene for the rest of the day in case a piece of scaffolding that was still standing would collapse too. Crews were working to take it down Friday afternoon.

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Florian Martin

Florian Martin

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Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter. Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters, the Houston Press Club, National Association of Real Estate Editors, and Public Radio...

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