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Construction Worker Airlifted To Hospital After Building Collapse

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BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. -

A construction worker is airlifted to a hospital but escapes with cuts and bruises after being trapped under a Bucks County building that collapsed. It happened in Buckingham Township in the Heritage Center Development. Officials say the worker was caught in the rubble for about an hour.

FOX 29's Thalia Perez spoke to a co-worker and has the story.

Anthony Cordero shares with us this cell phone video showing the rescue of his friend who goes by "Eddie" after he became trapped in the wooden trusses.

"He was framing the top of the roof when one of the walls started giving in. And that's when it started shifting," Cordero said.

Workers say it was like a domino effect. When of those trusses came down all of the others came down on top of the victim. Officials say it happened around 8:45 Thursday morning as Eddie was securing the roof trusses on Building 200 at 2325 Heritage Center Drive.

"We had to secure the building first so we didn't have further collapse and then remove the victim from the building down a ladder," Fire Chief Lingohocken Fire Dept Greg Jakubowski said.

Workers tell us they jumped into action using this fork lift to secure the wall and building from further collapse. Fire officials say it took about an hour to free.

Eddie, who was trapped from the waist down, was rushed by medevac to Temple University Hospital

"When you have a situation like this you wanna take your time removing pressure from where ever he is crushed. and in this case mid-section and lower extremities," Central Bucks Ambulance Chief Charles Pressler said.

Workers tell us Eddie is a subcontractor with Reobote Construction Inc. who are collaborating on the construction of the new complex. They say work just began on this planned office building

Buckingham Township Official. Jim Kettler says Roebote Construction had an inspection in December and wasn't due for another until the framing was complete. As of late this afternoon OSHA was still on the scene investigating.

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