Three construction workers killed in North Carolina scaffolding collapse

RALEIGH, NC -- Three construction workers were killed Monday in a scaffolding collapse at construction site in North Carolina Monday.

It happened around at around 11am when the construction platform fell from high up on the Charter Square building in downtown Raleigh .

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One more worker was hurt. It was not clear how seriously.

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Pictures from Chopper 11 HD showed broken pieces of scaffolding on the ground and a piece of the structure where the scaffolding had been anchored to the side of the building remained sticking out horizontally.

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An eyewitness told ABC11 the he heard a cracking and popping sound and saw the scaffolding give way and crash to the ground.

A website for Charter Square says it is an 11-story building offering office space at Lenoir and Fayetteville streets adjacent to Duke Energy Performing Arts Center, Raleigh Convention Center and the Raleigh Marriott City Center. The $54 million building is set to open in May.

Emergency officials have the whole area blocked off. State and federal construction accident investigators were on the scene.

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