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One Dies at Home Depot Construction Site

August 25, 2003

CARROLLTON, Texas (AP) _ A section of wall for a Home Depot store under construction collapsed during a thunderstorm, killing a construction worker.

The man, who had sought shelter next to the 17-foot-tall, 30-foot-wide section Sunday night, was buried under more than seven tons of concrete, police Sgt. David Sponhour said.

The 25-year-old Lewisville man, whose name wasn’t immediately released, was among about 10 workers putting up stucco when the thunderstorm sent strong winds through Carrollton, a Dallas suburb.

``He was sitting next to the pillars with his back against the wall, I believe, just trying to get out of the storm when the wall collapsed,″ Sponhour said. He said another worker barely escaped.

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the collapse, in which two pillars also fell, Sponhour said. ``We don’t know if it was just the weather, if it had something to do with the construction.″

Last year, three construction workers were killed when a section of a concrete wall fell on them at the site of a Home Depot store under construction in Greensboro, N.C.

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