8 Workers Pulled Alive From Building Collapse at Philadelphia Construction SiteAired February 10, 2000 - 10:01 a.m. ET
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BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: Some developing news in the city of Philadelphia thus far today.
DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: Yes, the story we've following out of Philadelphia, a building collapse in which we understand at least eight workers have been pulled from the situation.
We get the latest information from Walt Hunter. He is with our CNN affiliate KYW, and he's on the scene in Philadelphia.
Walt, what can you tell us?
WALT HUNTER, KYW REPORTER: Well, a rumble and a roar about 8:30 this morning here in Center City, Philadelphia. Behind me a construction site for what will be one day the Avenue of the Arts, and it was concrete forms that came crashing down. Concrete being poured into the forms; sudden they collapsed, every fire and rescue unit in Philadelphia racing to this Center City location because underneath the tons of concrete and underneath the tons of wood and steal, there were construction workers trapped. Rescue workers didn't know how many at the time. They went in, they searched, and one by one they began pulling out victims.
So far, we know eight construction workers have been pulled out of this construction pit over the last hour and a half, at least two of them critically injured. All major trauma centers here are on alert for additional victims.
However, the good news just within the past few minutes, fire and police officials saying that their head count and their secondary search indicates that all the construction workers have been removed from the site.
The site was in the early phases of construction, concrete being poured for basement walls. The site actually a large pit, maybe 50 feet deep. And underneath the wood, the concrete and the steel, those workers were trapped. All were pulled out alive, but several of them may have life-threatening injuries.
For now, the final head count is continuing, rescue work appears to be wrapping up. The question now, of course: Why did it happen.
Live in Philadelphia for CNN, Walt Hunter. Back to you.
KAGAN: And, Walt, as you said, it seems like right now, everyone has been accounted for?
HUNTER: Right now, according to the head counts of the construction workers -- and a number of them were weeping here as they looked into the pit -- all the workers are accounted for. Fire officials not taking that for granted. They're now poring through every little bit of the wood, concrete and steel in the bottom of this pit. But right now, the good news is apparently no obvious fatalities and apparently no one else trapped.
KAGAN: Walt Hunter, bringing us the latest from our affiliate KYD in Philadelphia, thank you for that report.
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