Construction collapse in Tel Aviv wounds over a dozen, people still missing

Published September 5th, 2016 - 11:46 GMT
Israeli medics and emergency units carry respond to the scene of a collapsed car park in Tel Aviv on September 5, 2016. (AFP/Gil Cohen-Magen)
Israeli medics and emergency units carry respond to the scene of a collapsed car park in Tel Aviv on September 5, 2016. (AFP/Gil Cohen-Magen)

An underground parking structure collapsed Monday, injuring multiple people at a construction site in Tel Aviv's Ramat Hachayal neighborhood.

Magen David Adom reported that it was treating 18 injured people, and at least three people were known to remain missing at the scene of the four-story underground structure. Two people trapped in the structure had managed to call emergency services from the rubble. 

According to MDA, one person suffered from serious injuries and was evacuated to Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital. Another person was in moderate condition, and 16 others were evacuated to nearby hospitals in light condition. 

The incident occurred on the corner of Hanahoshet Street and Habarzel Street. 

Yarkon District Police spokesman Eran Yehuda said that a number of the building's floors had collapsed in on themselves and there was a danger of further collapse.

Police were attempting to gain access to the site to find the construction workers who were still unaccounted for.

They called on the public to steer clear of the area because of the danger of a further collapse.

The IDF Home Front Command deployed several search and rescue teams and doctors to the site of the Tel Aviv parking lot crash on Monday.

Three search and rescue crews from the Ram, Shaham, and Tavor battalions, each comprising of 15 rescue officials, were deployed. A 60-member national reserves search and rescue company was also sent to the site, and three platoons from the Home Front Command's Central District, made up of 33 rescue workers and four doctors, also arrived at the scene.

Police, fire and rescue and Magen David Adom were at the scene. All streets in the area have been cordoned off to allow emergency crews to arrive to the scene.


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