Crane collapses at Cowboys' new stadium

June 12, 2008 6:56:07 PM PDT
A cable failed as a construction crane was being lifted off the ground Thursday at the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium, injuring at least three people, a team spokesman said. All three workers were hurt jumping off a crane cab to avoid falling parts after a cable connector failed, according to a statement by project manager Manhattan Construction.

A spokeswoman at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas said one person was in critical condition and the other two were in fair condition.

The three workers were wearing protective safety equipment, said Jack Hill, director of stadium construction for the team. They all work for subcontractor Derr Steel Erection, which did not immediately respond to a phone message.

The more-than-$1-billion retractable-roof stadium is scheduled to be finished about a year from now and will seat 80,000 people.

It also will be home to the 2011 Super Bowl.

Thursday's accident came one day after a crane hook plummeted to the ground in Dallas after a cable snapped, killing a worker at a condominium project.

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