Two injured in building collapse

STE. GENEVIEVE COUNTY, Mo. – Two people are injured after a building collapsed Wednesday morning in Ste. Genevieve County.

The collapse happened around 9 a.m. at Loida AG Services in the 23000 block of Bourbon Road, close to St. Mary, Mo. Officials say JWolk Construction was building a shop for grain storage.

St. Genevieve Fire Department Battalion Chief Felix Meyer said that firefighters received the call around 9:30 a.m. and thought someone was trapped initially.

Authorities say two adult men employed by JWolk were working on trusses at the time of the collapse. An employee spoke with NewsChannel 5's Jennifer Meckles and said the men fell about 40 feet when the trusses buckled and collapse. The extent of their injuries is unknown. Both men have been airlifted to area hospitals.

"They were setting trusses in a building – a brand new construction building," Meyer said. "My guess is about a 100 foot by 200 foot building. So the trusses are roughly 100 foot long. And they weigh several hundred pounds. And not knowing how it happened – typically if one goes, they all start to go."

The employee says they believe a faulty truss caused the collapse, but no official cause has been confirmed.

This story will be updated as details become available.

NewsChannel 5 reporter Jennifer Meckles contributed to this report.


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