N.M. construction accident kills 1, injures several others

RIO RANCHO, N.M. -- Officials in Rio Rancho say one person has died after an accident at a construction site, CBS News affiliate KRQE reported.

Fire officials say four of the eight construction workers hurt after a scaffolding collapse outside a Rio Rancho hospital were hospitalized in critical condition. The deceased victim has not yet been identified.

Officials at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center say 21 feet of scaffolding buckled and collapsed from the top down about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The site shut down after the accident and workers were sent home.

Fire Department officials say the four critically injured workers were taken to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

The other four workers had non-life-threatening injuries were taken to other area hospitals for treatment.

Authorities say the cause of the collapse isn't immediately known and officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have been notified.



Work has been ongoing on a six-story addition to the medical center since November.

The construction site now is closed until further notice.

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