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One person was killed and two others injured in an industrial accident in the Village of Maybrook. As YNN's Jessica Chen reports, police are now trying to figure out what caused a wall to collapse during a construction project.
MAYBROOK, N.Y. -- "It was mostly ambulances and firefighters."
Alice recalls the hectic scene as first responders swarmed the Halmer Construction site, right across from her home in the Village of Maybrook.
"They were parked over here in my driveway, in my front yard," she said.
Police say a retainer wall collapsed on the property Monday afternoon, killing one worker and seriously injuring two others.
"It looks like though a retaining wall gave out while concrete was being laid," said Town of Montgomery Police Chief Arnold Amthor.
Amthor says the workers were building a replica of the Catskill aqueduct. The Department of Environmental Protection says this demo would be used to practice concrete work that would connect two aqueducts. However, the wall of the demo gave way.
Fire officials say the two workers injured were freed within minutes. One was flown to Westchester Medical Center. The other was taken by ambulance to Orange Regional Medical Center. But the third worker, police say, was pinned down underneath the wall.
Amthor said, "It took several hours to lift the retaining wall and the individual was deceased at the time he was recovered."
Police say they are not releasing the names of the victims, while they continue their investigation.
Police say officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will follow up with the investigation to see what kind of safety measures were taken at the time of the accident. A cause of the collapse should be determined in the coming days.