By Bill Parry
Three construction workers were seriously injured in a roof collapse at an Astoria construction site Tuesday afternoon, according to Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro.
More than 2,000 pounds of construction materials, including beams, concrete and sand, were placed on the roof of a two-story building, located at 31-25 28th Road between 33rd and 31st streets, causing the collapse that trapped the three workers inside, according to the FDNY.
A 37-year-old worker was able to free himself before FDNY first responders arrived and a 40-year-old was briefly trapped and removed early in the rescue operation, Nigro said. A 28-year-old worker was trapped under a thousand pounds of the material in the basement for nearly two hours and he remained conscious throughout his rescue.
All three workers were taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where they were listed in critical condition, according to the FDNY.
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