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Worker injured in construction accident at Liberty Ridge Elementary in Woodbury

A construction worker at the new Liberty Ridge Elementary School site was hurt when the roof trusses collapsed Monday, June 25. Bulletin photo by Riham Feshir

One construction worker was hurt Monday when part of the roof at the new Liberty Ridge Elementary School site collapsed.

Woodbury police were called to the accident around 3 p.m., but the injured worker was already pulled out from underneath the structure by the time they arrived, officer Tony Ofstead said.

Mike Vogel, District 833 assistant to the superintendent for operations, said the man sustained non-life threatening injuries.

The worker was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for evaluation, Ofstead said.

Barb Brown, communications director for South Washington County School District, said workers were installing roof trusses at the time of the collapse.

Vogel said the accident occurred while contractors were installing roof trusses "when evidently one heaved and caused a portion of the trusses to collapse."

The project contractor is Kue Contractors, of Watkins, Minn.

Across the parking lot, Stepping Stones Early Learning Center owner Amy Wiechman watched the whole thing happen.

"Once one came down, they all went," she said of the roof trusses. "I think it pulled the back wall down too."

Vogel said it was not immediately clear what impact the incident will have on the construction schedule. He said the accident will be investigated.

Crews were working on the so-called Liberty Ridge Site 2, which is a $4.5 million addition to the school, approved in an effort to solve an overcrowding problem.

The school is located in the Stonemill Farms development. The expanded facility is poised to provide space for up to 180 kindergarteners and 60 preschoolers.

-Mike Longaecker contributed to this story

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.