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Survivor of South Dakota Building Collapse Sues Developer, Construction Company

A woman who survived beneath the rubble of a collapsed building in Sioux Falls is suing its developer and construction company.

Emily Fodness was sleeping in an apartment above the Copper Lounge in December 2016 when Hultgren Construction removed a load-bearing wall on the first floor and the building collapsed.

The Argus Leader reports Fodness and her parents allege in their lawsuit that Hultgren ignored warning signs that the structure was failing. They also say the developer, Legacy Developments, lacked the experience and competence to oversee the work that was taking place.

The family of Ethan McMahon, the construction worker killed in the building collapse, previously filed a lawsuit against Hultgren and Legacy. Both have declined comment because of the pending litigation.


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