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Rice University Wall Collapse Claims One Life and Injures Seven Others

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As anyone who lives or works in the Houston area probably already knows, the area was hit with powerful thunderstorms yesterday afternoon. The
evidence of high wind and torrential downpour were seen all across the city. At
a dormitory under construction at Rice University the fierce winds may have
caused four cinder block walls to come crashing down, injuring seven workers and taking the life of another.

The falling debris trapped five workers; four were transported to local hospitals and one was
pronounced dead at the scene. Three other workers were treated at the scene for
minor injuries suffered while trying to dig their trapped coworkers out of the
rubble.

The condition of those hospitalized was not immediately
available. Rescue crews excavated the accident site finding no other victims.

OSHA will conduct an investigation of the accident.