PENN HILLS, Pa. — The parking lot appears to have snapped in two right outside a Penn Hills apartment building, leaving more than a dozen cars in a giant hole and nearly 50 people displaced.
PHOTOS: Penn Hills parking lot collapses
“It looked like it had split in the middle in a kind of V formation for 50 yards,” Penn Hills Police Chief Ronald Como said.
Como says the Frankstown Road parking lot dropped 15 to 20 feet shortly before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“When the emergency vehicles came, there was a woman in a car,” Como said.
That person was Alex Bowens.
“I was backing up to park and I heard a noise,” she said. “I paused for a minute because I thought it was loud thunder, or I ran on a grid that was messed up”
In a split second, Bowens and his car fell.
“Stuff was going in my car and in my eyes,” she said.
Bowens got out with the help of a police office and is fine, but her car wasn’t so lucky.
Now Bowens and nearly 50 others are displaced
“What am I going to do without my house?” she asked. “At least I still have a job.”
Como told Channel 11 there was an abandoned warehouse accessed through the apartment below the car park, where squatters may have been living.
Emergency crews check to see if there is anyone under the concrete.
The structural integrity of the building will also be checked before anyone is allowed to return, Como has no timetable on how long this will take. The cause of the collapse is also under investigation.
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