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Boston parking garage being demolished collapses; 1 killed

Officials say part of a downtown Boston parking lot that was being demolished collapsed, killing a construction worker

BOSTON — Part of a downtown Boston parking lot that was being demolished collapsed Saturday night, killing a construction worker, officials said.

Boston Emergency Medical Services confirmed one person was killed and a second person was transported to an area hospital, WCVB-TV reported.

Part of the Government Center garage collapsed after a concrete slab on the ninth floor collapsed, construction firm John Moriarty & Associates said in a statement.

Boston Fire Marshal Jack Dempsey told reporters that a worker completing demolition work in a construction vehicle fell into the side of the garage when the structure collapsed, falling from a significant height .

The worker was found under a pile of rubble and pronounced dead at the scene by authorities, Dempsey said.

“This is a horrific tragedy and my heart goes out to the worker’s family and loved ones,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said.

The body was not immediately recovered because Dempsey said firefighters were waiting for the Boston Department of Inspection Services to determine the area can be safely entered.

“We’re not going to put anybody in there until it’s safe to do so,” Dempsey told reporters.

Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden told WCVB-TV that the deceased was a young man, but did not identify him.

“Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to the loved ones of the worker who lost his life,” John Moriarty & Associates said in a statement. “JMA remains committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all of our employees and business partners. We would like to thank the Boston Police Department and Emergency Medical Services for their quick response.

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