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People caught in scaffolding malfunction in downtown Austin rescued

Two people were stuck on a scaffold hanging by ropes for two hours Thursday morning. (ATCEMS/Twitter)

Austin-Travis County EMS and the fire department have rescued two people at an I-35 Southbound Frontage Road and 12th Street construction site, where a scaffold was hanging unstably by ropes due to a malfunction for two hours.


At 10:14 a.m., first responders responded to reports of a "scaffolding malfunction" at the site. The two victims were construction workers and were uninjured.

Efforts to resolve issues with the equipment were unsuccessful and it was declared unsafe by an equipment expert.

The fire department then proceeded to a new plan, where each person was lowered to the ground safely with the help of a firefighter.

Everyone involved was uninjured in the process.

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