Collapsed Parking Garage Victim Identified as Carroll Dexter Willis
BETHESDA, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Police have identified the body of a man killed after being trapped in a parking garage in Bethesda Thursday.
57-year-old Carroll Dexter Wills, of Prince Frederick, was trapped inside a partially collapsed parking garage at Westfield Montgomery Mall, along with one other victim, and was not able to be rescued before succumbing to his injuries after being trapped under a massive concrete slab.
Montgomery County rescuers worked to stabilize the structure for more than four hours to free a second worker. A 50,000-pound section of the parking deck collapsed outside a Macy’s department store.
The other victim was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, said fire department spokeswoman Beth Anne Nesselt.
The second worker, who was freed about 6 p.m., appeared to be alert and conscious when he was rescued as he was flown to Shock Trauma.
Rescuers confirmed there were no other people inside the structure, said Assistant Fire Chief Scott Graham.
The parking deck was under construction during the collapse and was not open to the public. The mall is in the midst of a major redevelopment project that will place a 16-screen movie theater on top of the parking garage.
Aerial video from the scene after the partial collapse showed a large concrete slab that appeared to have fallen out of place.
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