4 injured when concrete slab falls on workers near UCF

4 injured, 2 critically, when concrete slab falls on workers near UCF

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Four people were injured, two critically, when a concrete slab fell from a construction crane onto workers at a site near the University of Central Florida, authorities say.

The workers were injured on a construction site of future UCF student housing, about two blocks away from Bright House Networks Stadium.

Seminole County Fire Rescue responded this morning to a 911 call reporting that a concrete slab had fallen on workers at the site, according to Lt. Paula Thompson. After rescuers arrived, it took some time for them to be able to move the slab off the victims, she said.

The two workers who were critically injured were transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center. Another worker was transported to Florida Hospital East, and the fourth worker was treated at the scene.

"Our thoughts are with those who were injured, and we hope they experience a complete recovery," said UCF spokesman Chad Binette in a statement.

The new student housing is scheduled to open in fall 2013. UCF will provide management and marketing services for the project, but the university does not own the property and does not oversee the construction site, Binette said.

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