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2 workers die in 6-story fall near Disney World; 3rd hangs on, survives

Scaffolding collapse kills 2 workers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Two workers died early Wednesday when they fell more than six stories from a hotel under construction near Disney World, reports CBS Orlando affiliate WKMG-TV. The deaths were reported at 4:15 a.m. near the Bonnet Creek Resort in Lake Buena Vista.

According to Orange County Fire Rescue, workers were preparing to pour concrete between the sixth and seventh floors when scaffolding collapsed.

Two fell to the ground and were pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

A third worker was able to hold on and climb to safety, officials said. That worker suffered minor injuries, according to Fire Rescue officials.

There was no immediate indication why the scaffolding gave way.

Authorities said there were about 18 workers at the scene when it happened.

The accident occurred just outside Disney property, Orange County Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles told The Associated Press..

Accorinog to AP, "Marriott International has described the project as a 16-story, $282 million JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort, featuring 516 rooms near Orlando's popular theme parks. It's owned and developed by DCS Investment Holdings, a private equity group based in West Palm Beach, Florida, which is owned by Dwight C. Schar, co-owner of the Washington Redskins."

The Orange County Sheriff's Office and federal investigators are investigating.

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Scene of construction accident near Disney World in which 2 workers fell 6-plus stories to their deaths after scaffolding collapse early on August 29, 2018; 3rd worker managed to hang on, and survived, authorities say. WKMG-TV