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17 hurt as scaffolding collapses at U.S.-Mexico border crossing

September 14, 2011 |  1:19 pm

 

Construction scaffolding collapsed Wednesday at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, partially covering cars with debris and injuring 17 people, two of whom were taken to a hospital, U.S. officials said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents shut down all northbound traffic from Mexico while work crews cleared the area.

The 50-by-50-foot section of scaffolding that collapsed was part of a major expansion project at the busiest border crossing in the world.

One person trapped under the debris was able to get free without assistance, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Maurice Luque told reporters.

Officials didn’t know when the crossing would reopen and urged travelers to use instead the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. Southbound lanes into Tijuana remained open.

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-- Rich Marosi in San Diego

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