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Workers escape large garage collapse in California

Friday - 3/28/2014, 4:29pm  ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Officials say a portion of a parking garage being built in Los Angeles collapsed minutes after nearly 200 construction workers were alerted that something was wrong and fled to safety.

Traffic was briefly snarled when a section of the structure measuring about 50 by 75 feet came down just before 9 a.m. Friday in a heavily congested area on the east side of downtown. The structure was being built to house buses.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Marc Littman says construction workers were pouring concrete just minutes before the collapse.

He says workers assigned to watch the work noticed something was wrong and ordered everyone off the site.

Authorities say all 180 of the workers have been accounted for.


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