Atlanta Gardens Reopen After Fatal Collapse

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Botanical Garden is open again, three
days after one worker was killed and 18 others were injured in the
collapse of a soaring pedestrian walkway that was under

Bill Pinto, president of Hardin Construction Co., the contractor in charge of the project, said Monday that about 100 feet of concrete had been poured onto the walkway's metal deck when it gave way Friday morning.

The collapse also took down a temporary structure used by the workers to build the elevated path, which reached up to 40 feet high.

The garden says all admission fees through the end of the year will go to the Jonquil Fund for victims and their families. Pinto said his company will donate to the fund and will seek contributions from throughout the construction industry.

The worker killed was 66-year-old construction worker Angel Chupin. Ten workers remained hospitalized Monday, including six in intensive care.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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