SWEDEN – Part of the new town office building collapsed Monday, and a worker was momentarily trapped in a tangle of fallen debris, Fire Chief Wayne Miller said Tuesday.

Lenny Lavoie, a selectman and independent contractor, was pulled out of the rubble within minutes by other workers. He suffered a broken ankle and hip, Miller said. Lavoie was part of a crew pouring concrete to make a ceiling over a vault to hold town records.

At 4:45 p.m. Monday, the forms to hold the poured concrete collapsed, Miller said.

“He was on top of the structure when they were pouring, and when it collapsed, he went down with the whole works,” Miller said.

Lavoie was taken first to Bridgton Hospital and then to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, from where he was released Tuesday, Miller said.

Lavoie declined to talk about the incident when contacted Tuesday.

Selectmen Chairman Warren Noble said the new town office on Route 93 has been under construction for more than a year and is expected to be finished next month.


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