911 Calls from Site of Mall Garage Collapse Released - NBC4 Washington

911 Calls from Site of Mall Garage Collapse Released



    One man was killed and another seriously injured after a 55,000 pound cement structure collapsed during a Bethesda mall garage renovation last week. Listen to the harrowing 911 calls. (Published Wednesday, May 29, 2013)

    The harrowing 911 calls placed when a parking garage collapsed at the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda have been released, and they paint a picture of chaos and confusion.

    "We got a slab that came down on two guys -- a piece of concrete in a parking garage," the caller said.

    "How big is this piece of concrete?," asked the 911 dispatcher. "Oh God, it weighs 55,000 pounds," the caller responds.

    One worker was pulled from the rubble alive. Sadly, his co-worker, 57-year-old Carroll Dexter Wills of Frederick, Md., was killed.

    Wills' daughter, Caroleann, told News4's Shomari Stone Friday that the family was in a "state of shock" at the death of her father, whom she described as "a character."

    The mall's garage, near Macy's and the food court, was under renovation. Only construction workers were inside during the accident. Several other construction workers suffered minor injuries.

    The cause of the collapse remains under investigation.