3 workers injured at San Diego Zoo construction site

SAN DIEGO – Three people were taken to hospitals after getting injured at a construction site at the San Diego Zoo Thursday.

Three people who are contracted to work on the zoo property were injured around 10:30 a.m., according to a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department official. Two of them were taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital and the third person went to UCSD Medical Center.

The extent of the injuries was unknown. No details regarding what caused them to get hurt were immediately released.

No animals were injured.

Zoo officials released the following statement:

"An accident occurred this morning at a construction site at the San Diego Zoo. San Diego Zoo Global staff were not involved and we do not have information about the incident for staff to share."

It was not clear at which construction site the injured contractors were working, but the zoo told FOX 5 there are currently two that are active: a bridge being built near Elephant Odyssey and the Africa Rocks exhibit slated to open Saturday.

FOX 5 reached out to Africa Rocks contractor SJ Rocks Inc., who said their employees had minor injuries after being hit with a hose. However, the zoo has not confirmed the accident occurred at that site.

Some visiting the zoo said they heard sirens but were unsure what they were for.

“You don’t expect it. It’s a worrisome time if you’re confused about what’s happening in there. You’re here to have some fun,” said Chris Metcalfe, visiting from Connecticut.