Nine Workers Injured in Freeway Collapse

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Nine construction workers were seriously injured earlier this month when the temporary support beams of a new freeway ramp collapsed.

The incident occurred around 11 p.m. on Friday, October 9th at the intersection of East Grand Boulevard and the Corona Freeway. The workers were incrementally lowering a section of the ramp when the wooden support beams gave way causing the concrete slab to suddenly drop about 16 in. The beams were dislodged and struck and injured the nine workers, three of them critically. Atkinson Walsh Construction was the lead contractor on the project. The next day, project manager Jan Bohn said, “Our goal at this job is to our work safely so everyone goes home at the end of the day. That’s a big deal for all of us. We failed yesterday.” The freeway collapse is currently under investigation, but no details have been released.

The California Transportation Fund has set up funds to assist six of injured workers: Jarrell Boyd, Michael Richey, James Chaffee, Jr., Gilberto Ortiz, Alex Pez, and Eric Rodarte. Four of these men remain hospitalized. The CTF will match all donations up to $5,000. According to his fiancé, Boyd, 33, has been in a coma since the incident and also suffered a broken neck, shoulder, and femur. He is showing signs of recovery and doctors plan to operate on his leg this weekend. Details about the others’ injuries have not been released.

If you have been injured due to negligence and are in need of a personal injury lawyer in southern California, please contact the Booth & Koskoff office nearest you for a free personal injury case evaluation.

Source: NBC Los Angeles, The Press Enterprise

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