DALLAS (CBS 11 News) – The even was hold at Noon on Wednesday, with orange ribbons and quiet reflection. It was the time when the University of Texas at Dallas community paused to remember two men who died Saturday working to build their campus.
“None of us could have imagined when we were breaking ground for this wonderful project a few months ago, that we would have a day, like today,” said a somber Dr. Tom Linehan, Professor and Director of the Institute for Interactive Arts and Engineering.
Thomas Fairbrother and Terry Weaver were killed Saturday when the construction crane they were dismantling, suddenly collapsed. The men were working on the site of the new Arts and Technology building.
Federal investigators are still trying to determine what caused the crane collapse. They’re also said to be looking into what role wind may have played in the accident. According to CBS 11 Meteorologists, wind gusts in the area at the time reached some 50 mph.
“It was so quick, ya know. It was just unthinkable that right there, not too far from me, someone could get hurt,” UTD Political Science Junior Cody Willming said.
Willming witnessed Saturday’s crane collapse from a nearby building, and said he just felt compelled to attend the memorial and send notes of sympathy to the workers’ families.
“As soon as I heard someone had been hurt,” he explained, “I just rethought a lot of things about life.”
And so for a moment, a busy college campus stood still and silent. The hundreds of students and staff that gathered were strangers to those who died. But, there is shared humanity in mourning.
“It means a lot to us,” said Wes Henderson, a friend of one of the workers who came for the memorial. “I knew him [Terry Weaver] a long time, he was a real good man… he was.”
The new $60 million Arts and Technology building is set to open in the fall of 2013.