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Search Continues For Man Trapped Beneath Collapsed Parking Garage

Almost a week after a parking garage collapsed at a Miami Dade College campus, workers are still searching for a man trapped beneath the rubble.

The family of Robert Budhoo, an electrician with Stryker Electric, has been at the Doral campus every day, and is frustrated by the lack of urgency they feel in rescue efforts, as the size of rescue teams have dwindled since the collapse. The family also feels as though they are being treated like 'bystanders at a bus stop', and want workers to search around the clock, not just until sundown.

A Doral police officer said rescue teams are trying to move debris from the unstable structure to create pockets to insert a camera to see deeper into the rubble. However, workers are concerned as they have felt the neighboring structure shift.

Budhoo was one of the workers caught inside the five-story garage when it collapsed on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Since the collapse, three workers have died and at least 10 were injured.

The parking garage was set to open in December, and provide an additional 1,500 spaces to students. Designed by Ajax Building Corp., the $22.5 million structure was also designed with classroom and office space on the bottom floor, as well as a façade that could be used for movie screenings and theatrical productions.

A similar incident took place in Fort Lauderdale in September when an old parking garage that was in the process of being torn down collapsed, injuring two people.

The cause of the collapse is still under investigation.

Source: The Miami Herald, "Family of man trapped in rubble frustrated by slowness," Oct. 13, 2012.

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