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EARLIER: Construction collapse injures 3 workers

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1 in serious condition with a broken leg

By Lisa King

Three construction workers were injured Tuesday when the roof collapsed on a half-finished building in the 1700 block of Midland Trail, just west of Shelbyville.

The roof of the building, the future site of Family Video, was in the framing stage when it collapsed, injuring three workers, Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said.

Emergency Services Director Steve Wortham said none of the three sustained life-threatening injuries. Two of the workers were taken to the University of Louisville and one to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville.

Denny Williams, district manager of Tradesmen International, the construction company doing the work, identified one of the men taken to U of L as Ray Fulcher, who is in serious condition with a broken femur.

The other man taken to U of L, Bruce Werner Jr., suffered from a series of minor cuts and abrasions.

Wortham said the third man, whose identity has not been released, was treated and released from JHS.

The collapse happened at about 12:30 Tuesday afternoon, and it is being investigated by OSHA and other state agencies.

State Fire Marshal Rob Goodwin said the cause of the accident still has not yet been determined.

"We're still looking into it," he said.

The men were putting up trusses on the roof when it collapsed, Cowherd said.

"At least they weren't trapped under there," he said.

Employees at Carol and Company, a jewelry company located next to the construction site, said they heard a loud noise and at first thought it was just machinery.

"But then we looked out the window and saw what had happened," said an employee who did not wish to be named.

Wortham said that at this point, he thinks that weather conditions may have contributed to the accident.

"The wind came up and got up under it, and when it started to go, it was just a domino effect," he said.