Building at old Boston power plant collapses, trapping multiple victims and sending three workers to hospital

Boston firefighters and construction workers gather at a construction site outside a former power plant, where workers were injured (Pictures: AP)

A building collapsed at an old power plant site in South Boston, causing three workers to be hospitalized and trapping multiple victims under rubble.

Boston police received a call shortly before 1.45pm on Wednesday reporting a building collapse requiring a technical rescue, according to the.

‘We have multiple units on scene for the structural collapse at the Edison Power Plant building in South Boston,’ Boston Emergency Medical Services tweeted.

One worker sustained life-threatening injuries due to his body being trapped under rubble, Boston Fire Commissioner Jack Dempsey said. Another worker was treated at the scene at 775 Summer Street. Two workers freed from the rubble had non-life-threatening injuries, but all three were transported to nearby hospitals.

‘I’m angry that we are here again on another worksite with another major incident,’ Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said at the scene.

Wednesday’s building collapse is the second one at a demolition site in the city in two months.

It is a waterfront property in Southie’s City Point neighborhood where an Edison power plant had been closed for decades. The site is being redeveloped.

It was not immediately known how many people were under rubble.

Developers were replacing the coal plant with a big residential and commercial development. The project has moved at a slow pace, with politicians and community members opposed to some parts of the planned 1.8-million-square-foot development.

The development is designed to include 635 apartments and condos, 960,000 square feet for office and research, 80,000 square feet for retail, 240 hotel rooms and as many as 1,214 parking spaces.

‘This was an unfortunate accident but it was the result of human error,’ stated George Regan, a spokesman for Suffolk construction boss John Fish.

The incident is under probe by the Boston Police Department, the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office and federal workplace investigators.


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