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UPDATE-Texas A&M Equestrian Center Collapse Injures at Least Four

Four workers have been injured — three critically — when a portion of the Texas A&M equine center under construction on the west side of the campus collapsed.


Between 25 and 30 workers were on the scene in the 3500 block of F&B Road near FM 2818 at the time of the collapse, according to College Station Fire Department spokesperson Bart Humphries.


A number of workers were in elevated positions tying steel together on the 35-foot-tall, 300-foot-long barn when they came down, Humphries said.


Emergency crews rushed to the scene, and as of early Saturday afternoon, primary and secondary searches of the collapsed structure have been completed. All those injured and trapped have been accounted for, and the searches are complete.


According to a time line provided by the CSFD, they received the call at 10:49 a.m. First responders were on scene six minutes later. They were told four workers were in the portion that had collapsed. By 11:18 a.m., those four were on their way to hospitals.


The three critically injured workers were taken to St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan with what are described as "multi-trauma" injuries. The fourth worker was taken to the College Station Medical Center.


Once the structure was deemed stable, a secondary search was started. By 11:56 a.m., that search was complete and no others were found.


Ground was broken in October on the equine center. The first phase of the $80 million project was set for completion in 2014. Phase 1, valued at $35 million, was for "facilities for the Aggie equestrian team and a cross-country course in collaboration with Texas A&M Athletics," according to a press release from the athletics department. "New facilities for the Parsons Mounted Cavalry are also included in the plan."


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