Under view of Engine 126 Cfd is thankful the collapse did not occur as SUV’s were passing in and out. The situation could have been much worse if this had been large passenger vehicles. They most likely would have fallen to the ground. pic.twitter.com/XawOPuWVeK— Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) August 6, 2019
Officials said the driver of the engine was able to escape by crawling out the rear door. He was transported to the hospital with back pain and is in stable condition. No other injuries were reported. All the water was drained out of the engine, but at its remaining 38,000 pounds, the engine was difficult to safely remove. Around 4 p.m., officials began to assemble a crane to lift the engine out of the hole. About two hours later, crews working with the crane were able to back the engine up so it was no longer in danger.
CFD engine 126 was parked at a call when the parking deck failed causing the engine to drop with the front bumper holding it from going all in. No injuries, driver escaped. pic.twitter.com/rleIIud6Oq— Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) August 6, 2019
Update crane lift being set up. Now being secured to chassis of 126. pic.twitter.com/XaG9VbUXk4— Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) August 6, 2019
One dilemma remains however and that is getting the rest of the vehicles out of the garage. About 20 vehicles remain, including a police SUV.
Crews plan to work on a temporary solution Wednesday and it may involve steel plates to cover the hole.