Crews to search for 4th victim in garage rubble
MIAMI (AP) — Crews planned to resume their search Friday morning for the last person missing two days after a parking garage collapsed at Miami Dade College's west campus, killing three construction workers.
The missing man's family huddled nearby Thursday waiting for word as workers searched through piles of twisted steel and concrete. A portion of the five-story garage fell to the ground around noon Wednesday.
Recovery crews were preparing to resume the search Friday.
Anxious family members of the missing man huddled together Thursday night to watch a crane painstakingly lift large pieces of debris off an area where K9 dogs had earlier identified a victim may be buried.
"This shows that it is a recovery mission because if they think that he is alive they would act faster," said a worried Steve Budhoo. He said his brother, Robert Budhoo, is missing. About 20 family members have gathered at a hotel within walking distance of the rubble and walk out periodically to view the wreckage.
A police officer who spoke with relatives at the site Thursday said it could take days to find someone in the rubble. When family members asked whether survival was possible, the officer tried to offer encouragement. Afterward, though, several turned their backs to the rubble and sobbed.
"We break down and we console each other," said Steve Budhoo. "We are just going through the motions."
Two workers were pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon, shortly after the collapse. A third man, Samuel Perez, 53, was pulled from the piles of wreckage early Thursday after being trapped for about 13 hours. He died a short time after being flown to a Miami hospital.