5 injured after partial building collapse in Yorktown

WAVY/Jason Marks

YORKTOWN, Va. (WAVY) — Five construction workers were injured after a truss collapsed at a Yorktown construction site Friday afternoon.

“It was a scary moment,” said witness Hunter Collins. “I didn’t know what do?”

Witnesses could only watch as rescue crews tried to free two construction workers from under a pile of wooden beams.

“They were just trying to dig everybody out,” added witness Jennifer Solan-Jutres. “They were getting the beams off people and getting them out.”

Photos: Partial building collapse

There is a commercial building under construction along Fort Eustis Boulevard and Route 17. That’s where one of the trusses collapsed around 1:49 p.m., according to Paul Young with the York County Fire Department.

The building is part of the new Nelson’s Grant community. Crews were constructing a frame for a Mexican restaurant. A construction worker at the scene told 10 On Your Side a gust wind cased the trusses the crash. Witnesses heard screaming and yelling to help the men caught underneath.

“There were two people sitting, and it looked like they had wounds to the head or something,” Collins said.

“I did see one man sitting on the ground next to the building,” Solan-Jutres said. “Apparently his leg was broken.”

York County fire crews were there within seven minutes to help free two men trapped under the debris.

“That wasn’t fun, especially when they pulled the guy out and had him wrapped up in orange,” Solan-Jutres said. “We thought the worst.”

Young said one of the workers was seriously injured and transported by Nightengale to a local hospital. Four other workers were transported by ambulance. Young said all of the injuries were not life-threatening.


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