UPDATE: Pavilion Collapses On School Grounds

One Worker Seriously Injured At Private Academy

Posted: September 6, 2012

UPDATED 10:45 a.m.

NEW MARKET —The structure that collapsed on the grounds of Shenandoah Valley Academy in New Market this morning was an open-air pavilion under construction. The entire structure collapsed, injuring two workers, one seriously. Two other workers escaped injury.

“At approximately 9:15 this morning there was a crew working to set concrete and the truck backed up into the pavilion causing the structure to collapse,” said Dan Jensen, an official with the Potomac conference of Seventh Day Adventists, with which the private school is affiliated.

One of the beams holding the structure in place fell on the neck of the worker who was seriously injured. The other injured worker sustained minor injuries, according to sources on the scene. Both workers have been transported to Rockingham Memorial Hospital outside Harrisonburg.

Neither the exact nature of their injuries nor the prognosis of the seriously injured man is known at this time.

No students, teachers or other employees of the school on Va. 211 were beneath the structure at the time of the collapse and no one else was hurt.

The Daily News-Record will continue to update this story as details become available and will have a complete report in Friday’s print and web editions.


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