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3 dead in North Carolina construction accident

Construction workers fell 70 feet after scaffolding collapsed, the Charlotte Fire Department said.

Three people died Monday in a construction site accident near a business district in Charlotte, North Carolina, officials said.

Charlotte Fire Capt. Jackie Gilmore told reporters at the scene that scaffolding collapsed at the construction site shortly after 9 a.m. Two other construction workers were taken to a hospital for evaluation.

All work at the construction site was stopped until Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators could evaluate.

The construction workers fell about 70 feet, NBC affiliate WCNC reported.

CORRECTION (Jan. 3, 2023, 3:30 p.m. ET): An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified a development company as being in charge of the construction site where the accident took place. The accident occurred at a different site. The company’s name has been removed.