1 killed, 4 hurt when rebar collapses at UCSD construction site

SAN DIEGO -- One person was killed and four other people were hurt in a UC San Diego construction accident Thursday morning.

The accident happened at a work site for new UCSD housing and classrooms on Muir Lane, near Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla, around 8:30 a.m. Two large sections of collapsed rebar could be seen at the site.

One person suffered a serious head injury and four others were hurt when equipment fell on workers, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue. At least two people were taken to the hospital and one person died from their injuries, officials said.

A large group of construction workers evacuated the site and could be seen standing on a nearby field. The project, the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood, is meant to include six new buildings for student housing, classrooms, lecture halls, shops, dining options and underground parking.

Carlos Gonzalez, the senior vice president at Clark Construction Group, shared the following statement with FOX 5:

"Earlier today there was an accident at the UC San Diego North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood project jobsite. Emergency responders were immediately called to the scene. Four people were takento the hospital for treatment; unfortunately, one of the individuals sustained severe injuries and did not survive.

“We have started a full investigation and are cooperating with the proper authorities, including CalOSHA.

“We take all matters involving the safety of our workforce, our jobsites, and the public seriously. Our deepest sympathies are with this individual’s family, friends, and co-workers during this incredibly difficult time."

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