Three dead in scaffold accident

June 10, 2009 4:18:59 PM PDT
Three workers died today after falling from a construction elevator on the 11th floor of an Austin condominium project -- when the equipment collapsed. Authorities say two of the men plunged more than 120 feet to their deaths, while the third was rushed to the hospital after hitting a garage overhang on the sixth floor. He later died at a hospital.

A fourth man, apparently suspecting the scaffolding was about to give way, managed to jump off the platform and survived. He was treated at the scene.

The men were doing construction about halfway up a condominium project known as Twenty One Rio, a high-rise building near the University of Texas.

Austin Travis County Emergency Medical Services spokesman Warren Hassinger says the cause of the collapse is under investigation.

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