Scaffolding collapses at construction site in England; 3 hospitalized

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A scaffolding collapsed at a construction site northwest of London on Tuesday and three people were rescued from the wreckage, police said.

No deaths had been confirmed in the incident at Milton Keynes, 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of London, said Chief Inspector Andy Standen of Thames Valley Police.

The cause of the collapse was under investigation.

"Three people have been recovered from the scene and they have been taken to Milton Keynes General Hospital," he said. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Police were continuing to search the wreckage with heat-sensitive cameras and other specialist equipment, but they believed that all the workers on the site had been accounted for, Standen said.

About 14 stories of scaffold collapsed at the site, where a hotel is under construction, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Fraser Pearson said.

TV footage from the scene showed a tangle of lumber and steel around a crane. The collapse was at one end of the building, and half or more of the scaffolding along one wall remained in place.

The hotel for the Jurys Doyle group was to open later this year.