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Two workers were injured constructicollapse Hawthorn Mall VernHills. / Phofrom NVP News Video

Two workers were injured in a construction collapse at Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills. / Photo from NVP News Video

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Updated: January 29, 2014 6:06AM



One of two construction workers injured in a partial wall collapse at the Westfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills late Thursday night has died.

Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd identified the deceased worker as Patrick O’Reilly, 25, of Palos Park, Ill. He was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville following the accident. Rudd said O’Reilly died of massive trauma and internal bleeding, primarily to the pelvic area. The coroner said it appears O’Reilly had been wearing a helmet because he did not receive serious head wounds.

An investigation into the accident is being conducted by the Vernon Hills Police Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been notified.

The accident occurred at approximately 11 p.m. Thursday night as workers were demolishing a portion of the former Ruby Tuesday restaurant at the mall. The 25-year-old worker from Palos Park who died was transported to Condell Medical Center in serious condition, according to Countryside Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Steingart.

The second worker was also transported, but suffered only minor injuries.

Steingart said the workers were injured when a portion of the former building, including bricks and concrete, collapsed onto them. Both men had been uncovered from the rubble by co-workers when fire and rescue personnel arrived at the scene, Steingart said.

The nighttime work was part of a project to replace the former Ruby Tuesday with a new Maggiano’s restaurant.



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