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A parking garage has partially collapsed outside a shopping mall in suburban Maryland, and officials say one construction worker who was trapped has died.
Montgomery County rescuers were working to stabilize the structure to free a second worker for more than three hours on Thursday. Officials say it appears a 50,000-pound section of the parking deck collapsed outside a Macy’s store.
Fire Department spokeswoman Beth Anne Nesselt says one man died. The second worker has been freed and is being airlifted by helicopter to a shock trauma center. The worker has serious and potentially life-threatening injuries.
Assistant Fire Chief Scott Graham says rescuers confirmed there were no other people inside the structure.
The parking deck was under construction during the collapse and was not open to the public.
Video from the scene showed a large concrete slab that appears to have fallen out of place.
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Montgomery County Fire officials say a 50,000 pound beam fell at an angle just after 1:47 p.m. at a parking deck near Macy’s. The beam fell from the third floor to the second floor, where the two workers were.
The parking deck was under construction at the time and was closed to the public.
There were about 20 workers at the garage at the time of the collapse.
The Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department says units responded to Westfield Montgomery Mall “for major structure collapse” on Thursday afternoon.
Montgomery County Fire officials say they got a call at 1:47 p.m. at the location at 7125 Democracy Blvd. They say a key section of the parking deck collapsed. Assistant Chief Scott Graham says they are trying to rescue two adults.
More than 100 people are working on the rescue right now, says Graham.
We are told the parking garage was not open to the public because it was under construction.