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3 killed, 1 seriously injured in NC scaffolding accident

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Scaffolding collapsed in downtown Raleigh Monday morning. Scaffolding collapsed in downtown Raleigh Monday morning.

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) - Three workers fell to their deaths and one survived, apparently from the good luck of crashing into a portable toilet, in a shocking accident Monday morning in downtown Raleigh.

The scaffolding collapsed at the construction of the Charter Square project on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, only a block from Memorial Auditorium. The building is an 11-story, $54 million project being built by Choate Construction.

The incident happened at approximately 10:58 a.m., and the Raleigh Fire Department was on scene by 11 a.m., officials said.

Worker Ricky Lee saw the smashed scaffolding on the ground just after it happened.

"I came out and saw the scaffold on them, but they never did stand a chance," Lee said.

But one worker did survive the fall, from about five stories up.

“I saw one that lived," Lee said. "I believe the Porta John broke his fall. He landed on top of it. I think that's what happened to him."

“But other than that. …" and Lee just shook his head.

Yellow police tape could be seen surrounding the area of Lenoir and Fayetteville Streets and dozens of emergency personnel responded to the scene.

Authorities pushed construction workers back a few blocks from the building and many were visibly shaken.

A shattered window with a section of scaffolding sticking out of it, approximately five or six floors up from ground level, could be seen from the street. Scaffolding also fell in a nearby parking lot and the sidewalk surrounding the building.

Emergency officials confirmed that the scaffolding on the sidewalk and in the nearby parking lot is the same scaffolding involved in the incident.

Authorities and eyewitnesses are not sure what happened to cause the scaffolding to collapse.

Read more at WNCN's website.

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