Construction Worker Dies After Mall Wall Collapse

Crews were demolishing a portion of the former Ruby Tuesday restaurant at Westfield Hawthorn Mall

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    A construction worker died Friday, hours after being injured in a partial wall collapse at the Westfield Hawthorn Mall, officials said.

    Officials didn't release the man's name by midday Friday, but Lake County Coroner Robert Rudd said more information would be released following an autopsy.

    The man was one of three workers injured at about 11 p.m. Thursday as crews were demolishing a portion of the former Ruby Tuesday restaurant, which is adjacent to the southwest entrance of the mall.

    Two of the workers were taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where the 25-year-old Palos Park man was later pronounced dead, police said. The other worker suffered only minor injuries.

    Countryside Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Steingart said both men had been uncovered from the rubble by co-workers when fire and rescue personnel arrived at the scene.

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

    "At this point there is no indication that this is other than a tragic accident," Vernon Hills village manager Michael Allison said in the statement.

    "Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the family of the deceased," he added.

    An investigation into the accident was being conducted by the Vernon Hills Police Department. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was also notified.