Update: The North Jersey regional USAR team has been dispatched to the call.
A 3-STORY PARKING GARAGE IN HACKENSACK, NEW JERSEY, COLLAPSED around 10 am Friday morning. The structure serves an 18-story apartment building but it is not yet known if or how many victims are trapped underneath the pancaked concrete rubble.
The collapse was caused by a glass and metal cantilevered canopy that covered the entrance way between the garage and the apartment building. The canopy pulled away from the high-rise and fell on the top of the parking deck, causing a secondary collapse of the below-grade structure.
Search dogs are on the scene looking for any sign of human occupation of the garage. The apartment building has been evacuated as a precaution and reports from the scene describe it as a giant sinkhole covered with the fallen canopy with all the cars mashed below it.
WABC-TV provided this early raw video of the scene taken from their helicopter:
The timing was fortunate in that most of the residents had already left for work and few cars were there at the time.
WNBC-TV has more of the STORY HERE.
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