Authorities in New York City say a partially collapsed parking garage has killed at least one person and injured several others on Tuesday, as first responders continue to hunt for those trapped in the debris.
The collapse occurred at a multi-story garage in the Financial District, just a few blocks away from City Hall and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Mayor Eric Adams told reporters that the city is using drones and robotic dogs to help search for people so that firefighters could withdraw from the actively collapsing building.
City officials rushed to the scary scene recorded and shared by bystanders. Twitter user Erasmo Guerra posted a video he took of the collapse’s immediate aftermath, showing smoke and dust in the air as cars hang from a partially destroyed upper deck.
Media outlet Yid Info obtained and posted footage from a vehicle that was allegedly inside the parking lot when the garage collapsed.
EXCLUSIVE: Footage from a vehicle inside in parking lot the explosion and collapse reported in Manhattan parking garage at Ann St and William St. Multiple people trapped, according to 911 calls. pic.twitter.com/wHCQl9tPSB
— Yid Info (@YidInfoOfficial) April 18, 2023
It is currently unknown what caused the collapse. Engineers from the New York City Department of Buildings are on the site conducting a structural stability evaluation of the garage.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) said that her office is in close contact with Adams and local first responders regarding the collapse, and requested New Yorkers “please avoid the area and follow guidance from law enforcement.”