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October 19, 2011

Building collapse injures workers

LIBERTY, NY — A gas station which was being rebuilt on North Main Street in Liberty collapsed on October 15, trapping two workers. A majority of the roof substructure and several new trusses caved in during a period of strong winds.
Liberty police, along with the Liberty Fire Department, the Monticello Fire Department Trench Rescue Team and the Mechanics Town and Goshen collapse teams, the New York State Police, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department and MobileMedic all responded to the collapse.


mergency workers were able to free one of the victims upon arrival, owner Tariq Mohmood Guja, and he was flown to Westchester Medical Center with head injuries. About an hour later, a second victim was rescued and taken to Catskill Regional Medical Center with injuries to his legs. Other workers suffered minor bumps and bruises and were treated at the scene.

As of October 18, Guja was in critical but stable condition.
An investigation into the collapse by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is underway.

Dates set for Tusten zoning review

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Town of Tusten zoning rewrite committee has set the date of Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m. for a committee meeting at which a decision will be made with regarding keeping, deleting or modifying Article 14. The article would explicitly prohibit heavy industrial uses, including natural gas drilling, in the town. Public comments on all other issues in the zoning rewrite will also be reviewed, and any needed modifications voted on, at the same meeting.

An intended date of Monday, November 14, at the monthly town board meeting, was set for the vote on the zoning rewrite as a whole. Both meetings will be held at the Town of Tusten Town Hall on Bridge St.