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Man pulled from rubble of collapsed Florida garage

Associated Press Modified: October 11, 2012 at 1:31 am •  Published: October 11, 2012

MIAMI (AP) — A construction worker was pulled out alive from under a huge slab of concrete early Thursday, 13 hours after a parking garage collapsed at a Florida college, killing two others. One worker was still unaccounted for and rescuers said they expected to find another body in the rubble.

The survivor, whose name and age were not released, was in "extremely critical condition," and was to be transported by helicopter to a trauma center, said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Capt. Louie Fernandez.

Reporters and onlookers who were kept across the street from the collapsed garage could see the man being carried on a stretcher from the rubble to an awaiting ambulance and then driven away. He was accompanied by two physicians who had been treating him with and IV and oxygen during the hours he was trapped.

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

Three people were initially trapped in the rubble, including one of the two workers who died, said Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Griselle Marino. A third man was pulled out alive and brought to a hospital shortly after the collapse Wednesday. 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.

No students were in the area at the time. 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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