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Workers in Katy Place apartments recovering; reports of death incorrect

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 3:49 p.m. CDT; updated 7:52 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 10, 2013

CORRECTION: Information about a victim attributed to a Boone County medical examiner's office investigator was incorrect in an earlier version of this story. 

COLUMBIA — The two workers involved in the construction accident at Katy Place Apartments are recovering. Earlier reports that one of the workers died were incorrect.

The Boone County medical examiner's office incorrectly stated that one of the workers had died. A similar accident in the Lake of the Ozarks area resulted in a man's death. The two accidents were mixed up, and an earlier article reflected this misinformation.

The Boone County scaffolding accident has not resulted in deaths. The man injured in the Lake of the Ozarks accident was flown to University Hospital and later died.

The two workers in the Columbia accident appeared to be working on the siding of building 14 at the Katy Place apartments on Forum Boulevard before they fell approximately 30 feet, according to a Columbia Fire Department news release.

The Fire Department responded to a 911 call at 8:44 a.m. Wednesday after the two fell and transported the victims to University Hospital.

At the Katy Place apartment complex on Thursday, nearby resident Jayme Gardner said she was awakened by the accident and the subsequent screaming and sirens.

"It sounded like pots and pans," she said. "I couldn't tell what they were yelling about. I went outside and saw the ladder after, and that was kind of gruesome," Gardner said.

She and other residents said that the construction company has been working for months around the complex.

Supervising editor is Zachary Matson.


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