Fire Truck Stuck

CHICAGO -- A firetruck became stuck on the second level of a Chicago parking garage after the asphalt underneath the vehicle partially collapsed Tuesday. The engine was responding to a medical emergency at a nursing home, Symphony of South Shore, around 10:40 a.m. in the 2400 block of 72nd Street when the structure gave way, according to CFD.

The engine is at the location “quite frequently,” according to Tim Walsh, chief of special operations for the Chicago Fire Department. He said the crew parked in the usual spot, which allows the ambulance to back all the way to the doors.

Firefighters safely got off the rig, according to CFD officials. Initially no injuries were reported, but the engineer was later transported to a local hospital with back pain but stable.

“The engineer was able to crawl out of the rear door and call for help,” Walsh said. “The rest of the company was inside taking care of the medical patient. It was very quick. It was a sudden concrete collapse failure.”

There appears to be no supporting beam below where the deck collapsed, but the rest of the structure appears sound, according to Walsh.

Walsh said the engine is about 38,000 pounds with the water empty, and crews emptied the water from the engine as soon as it was secured. He said with the water the engine likely weight 40,000 to 42,000 pounds.

Walsh said in his 33 years with the department some engines have fallen in sinkholes, so the response is similar.

Permit records show the parking structure was built in the late 90s, and the roof deck was repaired in 2007.

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