An injured masonry worker was flown by helicopter ambulance to a Fort Worth hospital Friday morning after an outdoor wall he was working on fell on him.
Masonry contractor Samuel Solis said he had been hired as a subcontractor to repair a damaged wall that partially enclosed two Dumpsters behind the Whataburger restaurant at 411 E. Commerce.
The wall fell on a man Solis identified as Mike Galloway, one of his employees, shortly before 11 a.m. He said Galloway is 55. Galloway was treated at the scene by Guardian EMS before being flown to Harris Methodist Hospital by Air Evac LifeTeam.
A condition report from Harris Methodist was unavailable Friday afternoon. Brownwood Fire Chief Del Albright said Galloway was conscious and alert before he was flown to the hospital.
Galloway’s co-worker, Elmer Williams, said he was standing by a flatbed trailer a few feet away when the wall fell on Galloway. “It was already on him by the time I saw it. It happened so fast,” Williams said.
Whataburger custodian Justin Maly said he was coming out of the restaurant when he heard the wall fall. “That was horrific right there,” Maly said. “You know, it’s a pretty day out, and you didn’t expect to come to work and see that.
“I’ve been praying all morning. That is horrible. I’m so sorry for that man.”
City Engineer Don Hatcher said the wall is owned by Whataburger and that the subcontractor was working for Whataburger.