Wind knocks wall onto Bellingham construction worker

BELLINGHAM — A Bellingham fire official says a worker was injured when a strong wind gust knocked a wall onto him at a construction site.

Fire Chief Bill Boyd told The Bellingham Herald the subcontractor was working Thursday on the top story of a 35-unit complex. He had apparently been helping to lift a section of wall into place when the wind knocked it down, trapping him.

Co-workers freed the unidentified man and he was taken to St. Joseph hospital. Initial reports suggested he suffered a compound leg fracture.

Bellingham was hit with 50 mph wind gusts.

State Department of Labor &Industries spokesman Hector Castro says his agency will investigate.

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