One construction worker was killed and several others were injured early Friday when a pedestrian bridge collapsed at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. According to reports, the workers were pouring concrete for the Garden’s new “Canopy Walk” attraction — a 45-foot-high, 600-foot-long elevated walkway — when the collapse occurred, dropping the workers as far as forty feet.
Injured workers were taken by ambulance to Grady Hospital or the Atlanta Medical Center. Neither the names of the injured workers nor their exact injuries have been made public; however, their injuries reportedly range from bruises to serious spine and traumatic brain injuries. The one known fatality was to Angel Chupin, a 66-year-old Hispanic male who apparently died of blunt force injuries.
The exact cause of the collapse is still unknown; however, on Friday afternoon, investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were investigating how the accident occurred and whether proper safety standards were met.