Pair hospitalized following collapse at construction site

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TOWN OF NEWPORT — Two workers were hospitalized after some of the wood work collapsed at the construction site of a new town storage barn in Herkimer County on Friday, according to law enforcement officials.

State police said four construction workers were attempting to adjust the trusses on the wood frame shortly before noon when a loose tress fell and knocked into the lift. Troopers said this knocked the lift over, which also caused other trusses to collapse.

One worker, age 41, became pinned under the lift and some of the trusses, and he had to be extricated by rescue personnel, authorities said. The man was air-lifted by Mercy Flight helicopter to University Hospital in Syracuse, where authorities said he was last listed in stable condition.

Another man, age 25, was treated and released from St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica for his injuries, troopers said. The identities of the construction workers were not released.

According to reports, the barn will be storage for salt and sand for the town’s highway department. Construction began about two months ago.

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