2 dead, 1 still missing in Fla. garage collapse

Associated Press Modified: October 11, 2012 at 7:47 am •  Published: October 11, 2012
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MIAMI (AP) — Rescuers pulled a badly injured man from the rubble of a collapsed parking garage and planned to continue searching Thursday for a missing construction worker a day after the five-story structure came down, killing two people.

Officials said they expect to find another body in the rubble at Miami Dade College's west campus, although they stopped short of saying it was the missing person.

Early Thursday, workers pulled a man from the rubble some 13 hours after the garage fell. The survivor, whose name and age were not released, was taken by helicopter to a trauma center in Miami, said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Capt. Louie Fernandez. An update on his condition was not available Thursday morning.

The worker was located by rescuers who heard his cries from amid the rubble not long after the roof of the garage fell, creating a pancake-style collapse.

Another man was pulled out alive and brought to a hospital shortly after the collapse, Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Griselle Marino said.

A video shot by Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue and provided to The Associated Press showed four firefighters pulling him out from under a steel beam. His face and hands were bloody and he was put on a stretcher and carried away.

Seven workers were brought to the hospital with unidentified injuries while an eighth was treated on the scene and sent home.

There were no students in the area because the garage was under construction. The campus was evacuated and closed for the rest of the week. Investigators planned to pick through the rubble to see what caused the garage to crumble.

"We just know that the roof collapsed," Marino said.

One worker was still unaccounted for, and authorities expected to find at least one more body in the rubble, said Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue Assistant Chief David Downey. Late Wednesday, a man at the scene who declined to identify himself said he believed his brother, who was working at the garage at the time of the collapse, was still inside somewhere.

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