Parking Garage Collapse

October 11, 2012 by  

Parking Garage Collapse, Police say a second body has been found in the rubble of a collapsed parking garage at Miami-Dade Community College’s west campus in Doral, Fla.

One person was trapped for hours under the rubble. Shortly after midnight, rescue workers decided to amputate the man’s legs and pull him from the rubble, the Miami Herald reported. He was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition early Thursday morning, according to the Herald report.

Another person who had been trapped when the structure collapsed at around 11:40 a.m. was rescued earlier.

Some 300 rescuers rushed to the scene when a portion of the five-story parking garage at 3800 N.W. 115th Ave. collapsed in what authorities call a “pancake-style collapse.” Police said it appeared that only construction workers were at the site.
Earlier in the day, four people were transported to Kendall Regional hospital in Miami, and three others were treated on the scene with minor injuries.
The garage was under construction and had yet to open, so no students were in danger, said college spokesman Juan Mendieta.

One construction worker said he was on the top floor during the collapse and he started running. He described the floors as pancakes stacked on top of each other.

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