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Boston parking lot under construction partially collapses, killing 1 worker

Several floors of a downtown Boston parking lot that was under construction collapsed Saturday night, killing one person, officials said.

Authorities confirmed one person was killed and a second person was taken to an area hospital. The second person was not physically injured.

Several floors of the Government Center garage collapsed after a crane crashed into areas under construction, on-site crews told WCVB. Construction company John Moriarty & Associates said in a statement on Saturday that part of the garage collapsed after a concrete slab on the ninth floor collapsed.

Boston Fire Marshal Jack Dempsey told reporters Saturday night that a worker completing demolition work in a construction vehicle fell over 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.

On Sunday, a union identified the worker as Peter Monsini, 51, a member of the union for 20 years.

A host of authorities, including the Suffolk County Attorney’s Office, will investigate the collapse. The district attorney’s office is located near the site of the collapse.

James Borghesani, a spokesman for the DA’s office, said “knowing that one of the workers on this project has tragically passed away weighs heavily on our hearts.”

The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will play the lead role in the investigation, the Boston Globe reported.

Boston police, fire and emergency services personnel, as well as state police troopers, all responded to help with Saturday’s incident.

Police demand people to avoid the area, as several streets were closed or affected by the collapse and the intervention. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announcement the Haymarket ramp to I-93 was closed.

Material from the WBUR Newsroom and The Associated Press has been used in this report

Deena S. Hawkins

The author Deena S. Hawkins