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UPDATE: Five hurt in scaffolding collapse at Virginia Tech

By Orlando Salinas, osalinas@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jun 28 2013 12:34:30 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 28 2013 05:58:02 PM EDT

We are learning more about a scaffolding collapse at Virginia Tech.

BLACKSBURG, Va. -

Virginia Tech officials are trying to figure out why a piece of scaffolding collapsed late Friday morning.

Campus police say around 11:45, scaffolding set up around the Northeast side of Davidson Hall, fell to the ground.

Davidson Hall is undergoing a serious two year renovation, but all construction stopped Friday when a chunk of steel scaffolding fell outside.

The accident happened at the corner of Drillfield and West Campus Drive. Police say five men were hurt, three were taken to the hospital. Two were treated by first responders at the site.

Construction workers tried to block our camera, but couldn't.

Crews have been working on a new 45 thousand square foot lab and lecture hall that will eventually seat 300 students.

A portion of the drillfield was blocked off until police and rescue workers knew what they were dealing with.

We asked Virginia Tech if work would be suspended at Davidson Hall until someone figured out why the scaffolding collapsed. Virginia Tech said that was a question for the contractor. We asked the site supervisor who said that was a question for Virginia Tech.

The last serious construction accident at Virginia Tech was back in 1996, when a worker died after falling nearly 100 feet from the top of Cassell Coliseum.

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Three people were taken to the hospital when construction scaffolding collapsed at Virginia Tech on Friday afternoon.

The incident happened around noon Friday at Davidson Hall.

Davidson Hall is under construction.

The injuries are not described as life-threatening, according to university relations.