Parking Garage Collapses at Mall in Bethesda, Md.


BETHESDA, Md.— Montgomery County officials say a parking garage partially collapsed May 23 outside a shopping mall in suburban Maryland, and at least one person was trapped.

Fire department spokeswoman Beth Anne Nesselt said rescuers were called to the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda just before 2 p.m. It appears a section of the parking deck collapsed outside the Macy's store.

At least one person was reported trapped near the end of the evening rush hour, Nesselt said. There was an initial report of two people being trapped, but rescuers were trying to locate others inside the structure. The county's urban search and rescue team was called to the scene. A surgical team from Baltimore Shock Trauma also was flown in to assist with the rescue.

The parking deck was under construction at the time and was not open to the public. Nesselt said it was not immediately clear if the person trapped in the structure was part of the construction crew.

Video from the scene showed a large concrete slab that appears to have fallen out of place and was cracked.

Parking Garage Collapses at Mall in Bethesda, Md.

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