Worker recovering after wall collapse, Parkersburg Housing Authority says

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 2/26/20 3 P.M.

A Parkersburg Housing Authority worker injured when a section of a retaining wall fell on him at the authority's office building on Monday is recovering from his injuries, the authority said in a statement.

The authority said the man was working onsite after hours responding to an emergency maintenance call at Homecrest Manor Apartments.

The man, whose name is not being released, was injured when a section of block retaining wall fell, trapping him under some of the debris.

Authorities at the scene said he was taken to WVU Medicine Camden Clark with severe injuries.

"The Parkersburg Housing Authority would like to publicly thank the Parkersburg Police and Fire Department, the St. Joseph's Ambulance Service and the employees at WVU Medicine Camden Clark who assisted and provided care for our employee," the authority said in the news release.

According to its website, the housing authority is a private, non-profit organization chartered by the state of West Virginia whose mission is to "assist low-income families with safe, decent, and affordable housing opportunities as they strive to improve the quality of their lives through economic independence or homeownership."

It is governed by a five-member board of commissioners appointed by the mayor of Parkersburg.


ORIGINAL STORY: 2/24/20

A Parkersburg Housing Authority employee was taken to the hospital Monday afternoon with serious injuries after a section of a block wall collapsed on him outside the authority’s office in south Parkersburg, authorities said.

A Wood County 911 center dispatch supervisor said the man, whose name has not been released, was taken to WVU Medicine Camden Clark after emergency crews were called to the housing-authority office at 1901 Cameron Ave. about 5:30 p.m.

Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews said the man was walking along the 8-foot retaining wall when a part of it fell it on him. Firefighters had to remove several of the blocks to free the man before he could be taken to the hospital, he said.

Matthews said it remains unclear what caused the wall to fall.

We'll have updates online and on WTAP News as more information becomes available.