Firefighter injured when Ill. parking garage collapses underneath fire engine

As the surface underneath the fire engine collapsed, the engine’s protruding front bumper prevented the vehicle from falling to the ground level of the garage


By Javonte Anderson
Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — A Chicago firefighter was taken to the hospital after the top floor of a two-story parking garage collapsed underneath a fire engine Tuesday morning, officials said.

The incident occurred around 10:40 a.m. when Fire Department crews responded to a call near 71st Street and Exchange Avenue in the South Shore neighborhood, said Larry Langford, spokesman for the department.

The engine, Engine No. 126, however, was “relatively unscathed,” Langford said. As the surface underneath the fire engine collapsed, the engine’s protruding front bumper prevented the vehicle from falling to the ground level of the garage.

 

 

The firefighter driving the engine was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital with back pain, officials said. His condition was stabilized. As of early Tuesday afternoon, the fire engine was still stuck in the parking garage. The Fire Department had two cranes coming to lift the engine, Langford said.

No other injuries were reported, and no other vehicles were damaged.

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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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