DETROIT – A section of a parking deck caved in Thursday in Downtown Detroit, causing eight vehicles to fall, according to the facility director at Matrix Human Services.
Part of a Detroit parking deck has collapsed, dropping eight vehicles about 10 feet (3 meters) to the level below.
Deputy Fire Commissioner David Fornell (for-NEL’) says firefighters received a call about 10:20 a.m. Thursday and first searched the structure to make sure nobody was in the cars damaged by the collapse. No injuries have been reported.
Fornell said firefighters later were pulled from the area around the collapse, which he described as “extremely unstable.”
Officials said there were no injuries. Eight vehicles fell through the hole, and another is hanging slightly over the edge.
There’s another level of parking beneath the section that collapsed, but no people or vehicles were on the lower level, officials said.
Here is a statement from the owners of 1400 Woodbridge:
“Owners of 1400 Woodbridge are thankful no one was injured today when a section of the parking facility caved, resulting in eight vehicles falling. The owners are now investigating the situation with building maintenance and working with insurance companies and adjusters. The upper and lower parking lots remain closed at this time for safety reasons. The cars will be towed and damaged will be assessed.”
Engineers are assessing the scene before efforts are made to remove the cars and fallen concrete.
Matrix Human Services spokeswoman Kerrie Mitchell tells the Detroit News that some of the vehicles belong to Matrix employees.