Montgomery County Police today identified the man killed in yesterday’s garage collapse at Westfield Montgomery Mall.
Carroll Dexter Wills, 57, of the 1600 block of Mason Court in Prince Frederick, Md., died after a 50,000-pound slab of concrete fell on him and another construction worker doing renovation work on the garage, which will include a luxury movie theater and new food court for the Democracy Boulevard mall.
Police are in charge of the investigation into the incident. The concrete collapse happened around 1:45 p.m. as Wills worked on the second floor of the garage. The underside of the third floor, which contained a steel I-beam, fell on Wills and another construction worker, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services.
After nearly four hours, MCFRS personnel were able to extract the other construction worker, who was transported via helicopter to Baltimore Shock Trauma with severe injuries.
Rebecca Kresge, who identified herself as a family member of the injured worker on her twitter account, said the man was set to undergo a couple surgeries to instill as much mobility to his right arm as possible.
“He’s alert and very strong. He is doing just fine considering what happened,” Kresge wrote.
Rescue and medical officials were talking to the man throughout the extrication process, MCFRS Assistant Chief and spokesperson Scott Graham said on Thursday. Rescue workers had to temporarily stop the extrication attempt after noticing shifting concrete.
NBC4 published video of the man alert and flashing a thumbs up sign as he was transported from an ambulance to waiting helicopter at a local park.