Firefighters in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., had to pull a man from under a barn at the Saratoga Race Course on May 1, 2008. The race course's Barn No. 50 was undergoing renovatoin when it collapsed. Track carpenters were working to lift the barn on jacks when its weight shifted, causing the barn to fall on its side.
Luckily, no one was killed in the accident. One of the workers suffered a broken arm and had to be hospitalized, but the other five suffered only minor scrapes and cuts.
The renovation was part of an ongoing process to restore the 144-year old race track. Many of the barns being restored or rebuilt are more than 100 years old. Barn No. 50 is located at the Oklahoma Training Track, across the street from the main thoroughbred racetrack. Track officials plan to begin rebuilting the barn in six to eight weeks.