Parking garage collapses at Bethesda mall, killing 1

BETHESDA — A parking garage has partially collapsed outside a shopping mall in suburban Maryland, and officials say one construction worker who was trapped has died.

Montgomery County rescuers were called to the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda just before 2 p.m. Thursday. Officials say it appears a 50,000-pound section of the parking deck collapsed outside the Macy’s store.

Fire Department spokeswoman Beth Anne Nesselt says one man died. Rescuers were trying to free another man who has serious injuries.

Assistant Fire Chief Scott Graham says rescuers confirmed there were no other people inside the structure.

The parking deck was under construction at the time of the collapse and was not open to the public.

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

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