Boston parking garage being demolished; 1 killed

Officials say a part of a parking garage in Boston that is being demolished has collapsed, killing a construction worker.

BOSTON – A construction worker was killed when a part of a parking garage that was being demolished collapsed in the city of Boston on Saturday evening, officials said.

The Boston Emergency Medical Service confirmed that one had been killed and a second had been taken to an area hospital, WCVB-TV reported.

Construction company John Moriarty & Associates said in a statement that part of the Government Center garage had collapsed after a concrete slab collapsed on the ninth floor.

Boston Fire Commissioner Jack Dempsey told reporters that a worker who was completing demolition work in a construction vehicle fell on the side of the garage when the structure collapsed and fell to a significant height.

The worker was found under a pile of rubble and authorities pronounced him dead, Dempsey said.

“This is a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out to the family and loved ones of the worker,” said Boston Mayor Michelle Woo.

The body was not immediately recovered as Dempsey said firefighters were waiting until the Boston Inspection Services Department determined that the area could be entered safely.

“We’re not going to put anyone there until it’s safe to do so,” Dempsey told reporters.

Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden told WCVB-TV that the man who died was a young man, but did not identify him.

John Moriarty & Associates said in a statement: “Our deepest condolences go out to the loved ones of the workers who lost their lives. “JMA is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our employees and business partners. We would like to thank the Boston Police Department and EMS for their prompt response. “

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