BOSTON — A portion of a downtown Boston parking garage 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 a nearby hospital, WCVB-TV reported.
Part of the government center’s garage collapsed after a ninth-floor concrete slab collapsed, construction firm John Moriarty & Associates said in a statement. The company expressed its thoughts and condolences to the worker’s family.
Boston Fire Commissioner Jack Dempsey told reporters that a worker completing demolition work in a construction vehicle fell over the side of the garage as the building collapsed, falling a considerable height.
The worker was found under a pile of rubble and was pronounced dead by authorities at the scene, Dempsey said.
“This is a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out to the worker’s family and loved ones,” said Boston Mayor Michelle Wu.
The body wasn’t immediately recovered because Dempsey said firefighters are waiting until Boston Inspection Services determines the area is safe to enter.
“We will not place anyone there until it is safe to do so,” Dempsey told reporters.
Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden told WCVB-TV that the person who died was a young man but had not identified him.
“Our office is a stone’s throw from the garage and our employees have watched through their office windows all the work that has been done over these many months,” Hayden said in the statement NBC Boston. “It weighs heavily on our hearts to know that one of the collaborators on this project has tragically lost his life. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends.”