Vehicle removal starts on the ground floor of partially collapsed garage at St. Vincent’s Hospital

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One week after the top floor of a parking garage partially collapsed at St. Vincent’s Hospital, tow trucks were seen removing cars from the garage.

No one was hurt on Sept. 12 when the collapse happened on the top floor of a three-story garage on Kings Street. Multiple cars were damaged and others were seen tilted on the edge of the collapse.

More than 100 vehicles were parked in the garage at the time, and they’ve remained there during the investigation.

One woman we spoke with said her car is on the second floor of the garage, and that the hospital told her they would be removing vehicles on the first floor Tuesday. She also said she’s been driving a rental. She told us they will notify her once her car is towed out.

A special remote controlled robotic towing machine is being used to pull the vehicles out. Operators are controlling the machine from outside the garage. It’s not known if this same system will be used on the other floors that have been damaged and there is concern that another collapse could occur. We are being told this is a slow and meticulous process.

The other two parking garages at the hospital remain open.

Sky4 view of St. Vincent's partial parking garage collapse one week later (Copyright 2023 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

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