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At least 11 hurt in collapse at casino construction site

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Workers and officials inspect the collapse at the Horseshoe Casino under construction on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in Cincinnati. Authorities say at least 11 people have been taken to hospitals with minor injuries, non life-threatening.

A partial collapse at a casino construction site early Friday in Cincinnati injured at least 11 people, according to news reports.

Ten of the injured were taken to University Hospital, none with life-threatening injuries, a hospital spokeswoman told NBC News. Most of the victims, between the ages of 30 and 40, were expected to be discharged later Friday.

Authorities reported differing numbers of injured, with fire officials saying 13 people were hospitalized and police saying at least 11 were.

Workers were pouring concrete on the structure's second floor when a metal beam in the middle of the section fell, making the second floor buckle, authorities said. No one was caught beneath the collapsed material, Fire Chief Dick Braun told The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Muddy conditions forced firefighters to craft a makeshift bridge to move the injured workers.

Rock Gaming is developing the casino in partnership with Caesar's Entertainment.

A partial collapse of a garage at another Ohio casino under construction -- and also being developed by the Rock Gaming-Caesar's partnership -- occurred last month. No one was injured in that incident, according to The Associated Press.

The Associated Press and NBC News services contributed to this report.


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