TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Two workers were injured when part of a building collapsed at the Alabama School for the Deaf, raining down bricks and other materials, authorities said.
The failure happened Wednesday morning at the school’s student center, which is part of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, according to a statement from Talladega Fire and Rescue posted on social media.
The weight of an elevator collapsed the ground beneath an area where people were working on the building, the statement said. The two injured were not trapped and were taken by ambulance for treatment, but no further information on their condition was immediately available.
The school said no students were in the area at the time of the crash and school employees, including a nurse and security personnel, assisted afterward.
“The building structure is being assessed to determine if there are any ongoing safety issues. The building is currently secure and all affected areas have been cordoned off to protect the safety of students and staff,” said a statement from school spokesman John Mascia.
Located in Talladega, the institute has six campuses that educate, rehabilitate, and serve deaf-blind people.
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