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San Ysidro border crossing reopened after scaffolding collapse

September 15, 2011 |  8:10 am

 

Officials reopened the San Ysidro border crossing between the U.S. and Mexico early Thursday morning, a day after a scaffolding collapse injured 11 people.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency said 13 lanes were reopened. The far right northbound lanes, however, will remain closed.

The collapse of the construction scaffolding occurred about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, trapping vehicles and people under the rubble, officials said.

Rescuers assessed 24 people for injuries and 11 were taken to hospitals. Four of them were construction workers, one of whom was injured seriously, officials said.

The cause of the collapse was under investigation. Federal engineers were called in to assess remaining hazards at the site and develop a cleanup plan.

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