One Dead, One Trapped In Miami Garage Collapse

Officials say a construction worker has been rescued after a parking garage collapsed in Miami, but another worker is still trapped in the rubble.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Capt. Louie Fernandez said Wednesday that getting the construction worker out is going to be a long, tedious effort because there is tons of debris around the person.

One worker was killed in the collapse on the campus of Miami-Dade College, and several other workers were injured.

The five-story parking garage was nearly complete when part of it crumbled to the ground.

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Statement of William Byrne
President/CEO, Ajax Building Corporation

“Ajax Building Corporation extends our deepest sympathies and prayers to the families of our colleague who died, our colleagues currently being rescued and others injured in today's accident at our construction job site for the new parking garage at Miami-Dade College West Campus in Doral, Florida. While we do not yet know the cause of this tragic collapse, we are committed to working actively and cooperatively with our design and construction partners and local, state and federal authorities to determine the exact cause of this accident. We also intend to conduct an internal review with our construction partners, Harvard Jolly and Coreslab."

“At this time, we are properly focused on the tragic loss of a life and the well being of anyone injured, and on helping the families involved."

“Safety on the job site is the overarching priority of Ajax all through the company’s 54-year history. Even as we work to determine the cause of this accident, we are committed to embracing any additional protocols, policies and procedures that will enhance and ensure the continued priority of safety.”

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