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Rescuers free man from Miami parking garage after amputating legs

October 10, 2012|By Connie Stewart

Early Thursday morning, rescuers extracted a man who had been trapped in a collapsed Miami parking garage for more than 12 hours -- but had to amputate his legs to do it. 

Officials had said getting him out could take days. They had been giving him oxygen and an IV while he remained buried in the rubble. The unidentified man had been in a vehicle when the five-story parking garage at Miami Dade College  fell pancake-style about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday. 

Rescuers decided shortly after midnight that they'd need to amputate his legs above the knee, the Miami Herald reported. He was transported to a hospital about 1 a.m., his condition unknown. 

The garage had been under construction when it fell. Two people were killed and at least two were trapped, one of whom was rescued earlier. One other person was thought to be missing, the Herald reported. About 10 others were injured. 

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