Worker injured in Arundel Mills slots site accident still critical

The surviving worker involved in a fatal mishap Friday at the construction site of the Arundel Mills slots parlor was downgraded to critical but stable condition, a Maryland Shock Trauma spokeswoman said Sunday night.

Darbin Suazo-Jimenez, 25, of Manassas, Va., had been upgraded from "critical" to "fair" condition over the weekend, according to another spokeswoman.

Suazo-Jimenez was taken to Shock Trauma on Friday morning with life-threatening injuries after a wall, which was made of 25 tons of precast concrete and measured about 30 feet tall and 40 feet wide, suddenly collapsed at the work site.

The accident killed another worker, Leon Ray Sax, 27, of Hanover, Pa., who had been standing inside a bucket lift of a mechanical arm when the wall fell, trapping him, said Anne Arundel County Fire Department Division Chief Michael A. Cox.

The incident occurred just before 10 a.m. on Friday, when someone called 911 to report the accident on the mall grounds in the 7000 block of Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover, police said.

Inspectors with the state agency charged with ensuring workplace safety are investigating the accident, the second time this month in which a worker was injured at the site.

Baltimore Sun reporters Don Markus, Nicole Fuller and Liz Kay contributed to this report.

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