Injuries climb to nine in building collapse at old Bethlehem Steel plant – UPDATED

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SPARROWS POINT, MARYLAND – Nine people have been reported injured — three of them critically — after a building collapse at the former Bethlehem Steel Plant in Sparrows Point, officials said.

Baltimore County police and fire said all people were accounted for. Police initially said five people were hurt.

Police said the injured people were doing demolition work on the closed mill. The three people who had critical injuries were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center; the others were taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

 
 

Investigators from the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health are on the scene, said Maureen O’Connor, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
“We cannot comment on open investigations,” O’Connor said.
The steel mill, which employed tens of thousands at its peak, was shuttered in 2012, and demolition of the buildings on site has been ongoing.

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