Three of the five construction workers who were injured after the roof collapsed at a large barn on the new site of the new Texas A&M Equine Center Saturday morning have been released from the hospital. Four of the injured workers were taken to St. Joseph Regional Health Center while the fifth injured man was taken to College Station Medical Center. Bart Humphreys of the College Station Fire Department says the victims were near the top of the 35 foot tall roof at the time of the collapse. Humphreys says it looked like the roof of the 300 foot long barn collapsed in a domino affect. Humphreys says the workers were tying together steel pieces when they fell and landed on top of the debris. Once the injured were rescued and the remainder of the building was stabilized, a secondary search was conducted. No other victims were found. The barn is part of the $35-million first phase of A&M’s $80- million equine complex.
An arrest was made in a weekend armed robbery of a convenience store employee. 30-year-old Stantauras Perry of Bryan is accused of holding a pistol to the neck of the worker who was in the process of getting in his car after finishing his shift at the Fast Start store on west Highway 21 early Saturday morning. The employee told police Perry held a pistol to his neck and took the money in his wallet. As Perry drove away, the employee got the license plate of Perry’s S-U-V. Police found him less about two hours later at an apartment. Officers recovered most of the money and the handgun that’s believed to have been used.
And, officials of West, which was devastated by an April 17th fertilizer plant blast that killed 15 people, have filed suit against the plant owner and supplier. The lawsuit filed Friday seeks unspecified damages from plant owner Adair Grain and CF Industries, which supplied agricultural-grade ammonium nitrate to the plant. A fire at the plant ignited the explosive chemical, flattening homes, schools and businesses and killing firefighters and other first-responders fighting the fire. The lawsuit filed in state district court in Waco alleges Adair Grain was negligent in how it stored the chemical and that CF Industries was liable for an inherently hazardous product. Adair Grain spokesman Daniel Keeney and CF Industries spokesman Dan Swenson told the Waco Tribune-Herald newspaper that they hadn’t reviewed the lawsuit and declined to comment.