2 workers rescued after being trapped by beam at construction site on UNC campus

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WTVD) -- Two workers were rescued Tuesday morning after a beam fell on them at a construction site on UNC's campus.

According to Orange County officials, the incident happened around 10 a.m. on South Columbia Street and Medical Drive.

Officials said a passerby heard someone yelling and called officials.



A UNC spokesperson said the contractors were repairing a utility vault in front of Elisha Mitchell Hall when a fortifying beam fell on them and trapped them inside of a hole in the ground.

Chopper11 HD was over the scene as rescue crews pulled them out.

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They were taken to UNC Hospitals; their conditions are unknown.

UNC Vice Chancellor of Finance and Operations Jonathan Pruitt released the following statement:

"This morning, two construction contractors were rescued after a fortifying beam fell on them at a repair site at Medical Drive and South Columbia Street. The project is focused on repairing a utility steam vault. Thanks to the swift response from UNC Police; Chapel Hill Fire Department; Orange County Emergency Services and UNC Environment, Health and Safety, the men were conscious when they were pulled out and transported to UNC Hospitals. We appreciate the quick and collaborative efforts of the first responders."
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