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Five killed when crane boom collapses on workers below

Ecatepec, State of Mexico — Five people were killed Monday morning after a crane boom fell on them when they were working on the construction of an overpass bridge. The bridge was being constructed for the Primero de Mayo extension that connects the Texcoco-Lechería highway with the Vía Morelos, in the municipality of Ecatepec, State of Mexico.

The boom of the heavy duty crane, which was moving a high tonnage shipment of rod and wire, collapsed and fell on workers below. Five workers were killed and two more injured. The injured were taken to the General Hospital of Las Américas near the accident site.

Municipal emergency bodies including the Fire Department, Civil Protection, the Ecatepec Police and paramedics arrived to help the injured. Firemen were also used to help remove one body that was trapped under the rod.

Victoria Arriaga, director of Civil Protection of Ecatepec said that the crane broke and fell on the five workers who died immediately. It was their first day of work. The workers were originally from the state of Guerrero.

Forensic personnel were called in to remove the deceased bodies of the five workers.

A cause for the fall of the crane boom and its heavy load is unknown. The construction project is part of the work that will facilitate access to the Felipe Ángeles International Airport in the State of Mexico, located in Santa Lucía, municipality of Zumpango.