Trapped worker rescued from collapsed Washington building

Washington – Search and rescue crews yesterday freed a construction worker who had been trapped for more than 90 minutes inside a partially-built five-story building that collapsed during a rain storm in Washington, reported Reuters.

The man, who was not identified by authorities, was taken to a local hospital with “serious but not life-threatening” injuries, said John Donnelly, assistant chief of DC Fire and EMS.

Four other construction workers were rescued from the debris shortly after the building about 5 miles (8km) north of the Capitol came down at around 3.30pm (1930 GMT), Donnelly said.

They were also taken to a local hospital. They had non-life-threatening injuries, Donnelly said.

Images showed dozens of firefighters swarming over piles of wood left behind by the collapse, using saws and heavy equipment to move large pieces.

Last week, a condominium tower collapsed in Surfside, Florida as most residents slept. Searchers there have recovered 18 bodies and say another 145 people remain missing.

President Joe Biden travelled to the scene of the 12-story Champlain Towers South in Florida on Thursday.

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