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4 Workers Hurt at San Diego Zoo

Four workers contracted to work on San Diego Zoo property were injured during a construction incident Thursday.

The workers were contracted with the zoo through the construction company Rudolph and Sletten Inc., but all four are "OK," according to a statement on Friday from the San Diego Zoo.

The construction company called emergency services and zoo security opened the service road to emergency vehicles, according to a statement. 

Two of the injured went to Mercy Hospital and another went to UC San Diego Hospital, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Media Services Manager Mónica Muñoz.

The incident either occurred in the African Rocks area, a new exhibit that just opened Friday at the San Diego Zoo, or around a bridge construction area at the zoo.

The mishap did not affect Saturday's grand opening of the African Rocks exhibit, which the zoo is calling their most ambitious construction project ever.

A towering waterfall nearly 70 feet tall is part of an impressive display inside the $68 million exhibit. Zoo officials say it's the most expensive and complex exhibit they've ever made.

NBC 7 has reached out to the San Diego Zoo but is still awaiting details.

More information will be forthcoming as it becomes available next week, according to a statement from a legal representative at Rudolph and Sletten Inc. 

The incident is under investigation.

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