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Cotton Valley site collapses, workers sent to hospital

by Minden Press-Herald

Special to the Minden Press-Herald

COTTON VALLEY – At least three construction workers have been hospitalized after trusses collapsed at a construction site on Highway 371 in Cotton Valley Monday afternoon.

Trusses are pieces of framework typically used to support roofs. They are installed from a significant height, usually six feet or more.

“They set the trusses up, and it’s kind of like a stack of dominoes,” said one man on the scene of the accident who wished to remain anonymous. “If you knock one domino over, it’s going to knock the whole stack over, and that’s what happened here. They were actually in the process of doing the bracing when it happened.”
The workers were said to be subcontractors from Houston, Texas.

According to witnesses, the workers were all Hispanic and spoke very little English, making it difficult for ambulance and rescue workers to communicate with them about their injuries.

Two workers were flown out by Life Air and the others were transported by ambulance to University Health in Shreveport. The severity of the injuries is unknown at this time.

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