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By Humphrey Carter

PALMA
FIVE construction site workers were injured, one seriously, yesterday when part of the roof over the new Alcudia bus station collapsed just as scores of locals and tourists were turning up for the weekly market nearby.

The accident happened at 9.40am when the steel girder mesh model for the second floor suddenly gave way.
Fortunately, none of the site workers were under the structure at the time, but there were builders operating on top.
Five managed to grab a hold of the steel bars and clung for safety until being rescued by the fire service, Five others were not so lucky One was treated for minor cuts and bruises at the scene but four others, including a 53-year-old site worker were taken to Inca and Manacor hospitals.

During the afternoon, the 53-year-old was transferred to Son Dureta Hospital suffering from a fractured vertebrae in his neck.
However, hospital sources said that the operation is not urgent and that the patient was awake and stable.
The other three victims all young Moroccans, were treated for varying injuries including two broken ribs. A full investigation was launched immediately. The Mayor of Alcudia, Miguel Ferrer, visited the accident scene within minutes of the alarm being raised and proclaimed that it was lucky no one had been working on the ground floor otherwise “we would be talking about a tragedy” he said. This is the second serious construction site collapse of the winter in Majorca.

The other at a hotel which was being reformed in Cala Rajada, claimed the life of four builders, two of whom were Moroccan.