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Three rescued after falling concrete traps workers in new Ottawa LRT tunnel

by The Canadian Press   

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City insists accident at underground Ottawa work site was not a tunnel collapse; one worker treated for minor injuries

OTTAWA—Three workers trapped in a collapse in a light rail tunnel under construction in Ottawa have been rescued.

Ottawa paramedics spokeswoman Manon Lavergne says one worker suffered a minor hand injury in the incident, which happened late afternoon Nov. 10.

Lavergne says the injured worker was taken to hospital for treatment.

The other two were not injured.


Ottawa city Coun. Mathieu Fleury said at the scene (on Waller Street) near the University of Ottawa that the majority of workers escaped and the three were trapped in a “safe zone.”

The city said on Twitter that a small amount of shotcrete—concrete that is sprayed on a surface—fell in a construction zone within the tunnel, and said the incident was not a “tunnel collapse.”

Ottawa is currently working to extend its LRT network, adding 30 kilometres of track and new 19 stations.


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