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Scaffold collapses at school, workers hurt

MARION Several workers were injured Monday morning when the scaffolding collapsed at a school construction site in McDowell County, according to authorities.

The incident was reported about 10:15 a.m. at McDowell Senior High School, in the 600 block of West McDowell School Road in Marion.

More than a dozen people were on the scaffolding, working on an addition at the school, according to emergency communications and fire officials. Between four and eight workers were hurt, some of them falling more than 30 feet, authorities said.

Marion Fire Chief Jim Neal said four workers were injured, with two being airlifted to Mission Hospital in Asheville and two others taken to McDowell Hospital in Marion.

WLOS-TV in Asheville reported eight injured in the accident. The station said one victim was airlifted to Spartanburg Regional Hospital in South Carolina and another to Asheville’s Mission Hospital. The others were taken by ambulances to hospitals in Marion and Asheville, according to WLOS.

Crews were working on a 60,000-square-foot addition to the high school, which serves the entire county.

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