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Workers trapped in Fla. parking garage collapse

Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — A section of a parking garage under construction at a Miami-Dade College campus collapsed Wednesday, trapping some workers and shaking the buildings around it.

Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue Lt. Arnold Piedrahita told WSVN-TV that some workers could be heard calling for help inside the rubble shortly after the multistory garage caved in. It was not clear how many were trapped.

"We need to find out where the people are. We can't just start digging through concrete," he said.

Television reports also showed several workers being treated by paramedics at the scene.

Authorities said no students were in the area at the time.

Victoria Buczynski of Miami said she saw the collapse while she was working at Gurkha Cigars directly across the street from the construction site.

"It fell to the ground like a house of cards," Buczynski said. "The construction workers started running out, screaming. It was loud. Our entire building shook."

The construction of the garage looked almost completed on the campus in the western part of the county. TV reports showed one large section of the concrete structure collapsed.

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