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Builder rescued from collapsed site

Rescue workers have freed a construction worker trapped in rubble for about 12 hours after a parking garage collapsed at a Florida college, killing two people.

He was taken to hospital but his condition is not yet known.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue team hauled the unidentified man out on a stretcher and placed him in an ambulance, which took him away from the ruins of the garage at the campus of Miami-Dade College West.

The roof of the five-storey garage collapsed on Wednesday afternoon while still under construction, killing two workers. At least eight other workers were hurt when the garage fell, creating a pancake-style collapse.

"It was a floor upon floor, collapsing all the way down to the ground floor," Miami-Dade Fire Rescue captain Louie Fernandez said.

The trapped worker was pinned inside a vehicle. He received oxygen, had an IV inserted into him and was treated by a physician and a paramedic as rescue crews worked to pull him out

Dogs, firefighters and other people in hard hats walked over piles of concrete, plywood and metal to look for other possible victims.

Witness Victoria Buczynski said she saw the collapse while she was working at Gurkha Cigars across the street from the construction site at Miami-Dade College.

"It fell to the ground like a house of cards," she said. "The construction workers started running out, screaming. It was loud. Our entire building shook."

No students were in the area at the time. The campus was evacuated and closed for the rest of the week. Investigators plan to pick through the rubble to see what caused the garage to crumble.


From Belfast Telegraph