SALEM, Ore — A construction worker was briefly trapped under a structure near the intersection of Front and Academy streets NE in Salem on Thursday afternoon.

Salem Fire Department responded to the scene around 1 p.m. A construction employee, a man, was working to remove a stand-alone structure when it collapsed and trapped him.

Firefighters removed him from the structure and transported him to Salem Hospital in critical condition, according to Deputy Chief Gabriel Benmousa. 

Virginia Barreda is the Breaking News Reporter at the Statesman Journal. Contact her at or 503-399-6657. Follow her on Twitter at @vbarreda2.