3 dead in North Carolina construction accident

3 dead in North Carolina construction accident

Three people died Monday in a construction site accident near a business district in Charlotte, North Carolina, officials said.

Charlotte Fire Capt. Jackie Gilmore told reporters at the scene that scaffolding collapsed at the construction site shortly after 9 a.m. Two other construction workers were taken to a hospital for evaluation.

All work at the construction site was stopped until Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators could evaluate.

The construction workers fell about 70 feet, NBC affiliate WCNC reported.

Queen City News of Charlotte reported that the construction site where the accident occurred is being developed as a luxury senior living community, but the Houston-based developer behind the project, Bridgewood Property Co., said the accident occurred at a neighboring address.

Tyler Kingkade is a national reporter for NBC News, based in Los Angeles.

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