A garage collapsed in Lower Manhattan’s Financial District on Tuesday, causing the death of a worker. The accident also went away five injured and vehicles crushed after concrete floors fell on top of each other.
Video captured by a passerby showed cars dangling perilously from the top floor of the three-story building, while people near the scene described a terrifying roar followed by screams.
“He felt like an earthquakesaid Liam Gaeta, a student at nearby Pace University. Other students said they saw vehicles fall from the building.
Authorities indicated that a worker was trapped in one of the upper levels e he was rescued through a nearby roof.
The crash happened around 4:00 pm a few blocks from City Hall and the Brooklyn Bridge, and about half a mile from the New York Stock Exchange.
The collapse left the building “completely unstable,” Mayor Eric Adams said at a news conference. The firefighters had to withdraw due to the risks and instead conducted searches with a drone and a robot dogsaid Fire Department operations chief John Esposito.
The building was “crushed, collapsed in the basement”, said the acting commissioner for urbanization, Kazimir Vilenchik.
William Flashnick, 19, was inside a classroom at Pace University when he and his friend thought they heard an explosion and ran to the window to look. As they opened the window a dense column of dust.
Once cleared, they went down to the parking lot, where the vehicles were overturned and the upper level completely ripped apart.
At first, Flashnick feared for their lives. His first thought was of the World Trade Center, which overlooks the neighborhood: “We were freaked out, considering the history of this place, it’s kind of scary,” he said.
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