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Woman Hit by Falling Railing in Boston, Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries

The incident occurred in the area of 85 Atlantic Avenue at a building that may have been under construction

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  • A woman in her 30s suffered life-threatening injuries when she was hit by falling construction debris in Boston on Thursday morning.
  • Police said the woman was hit by a metal railing that fell or was knocked from the roof of a building that may have been under construction.
  • An investigation was underway involving city officials, local police and OSHA.

A woman suffered life-threatening injuries when she was hit by falling construction debris in Boston on Thursday morning.

Authorities responded around 8:30 a.m. to a report of an industrial accident in the area of 85 Atlantic Ave.. They found the woman, in her 30s, suffering from life-threatening injuries. 

Police said the woman was hit by a metal railing that fell or was knocked from the roof of a building that may have been under construction. A crane could be seen on the roof of the building.

"My heart goes out to the woman involved in the terrible event this morning in the North End," Mayor Marty Walsh tweeted. "I pray she will be okay. There is currently a full investigation underway by city and federal agencies to get to the bottom of what happened."

Thursday evening, authorities said the woman was in critical but stable condition.

Inspectional Services Commissioner Dion Irish told reporters an investigation was underway but that it was too early to say what hit the woman. He added that the contractor involved in the construction project was cooperating with authorities. 

Irish asked "everyone to join us in sending our thoughts and prayers to the victim and the victim's family."

A source told the NBC10 Boston Investigators the main contractor on the job where the incident took place is Corolla Contracting of Winthrop and there is also a sub-contractor on the site.

It's unclear, however, who was operating the crane at the time of the incident.

An investigation was underway involving city officials, local police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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