Ascension hospital's parking garage partially collapses

A parking garage at Jacksonville, Fla.-based Ascension St. Vincent Riverside Hospital partially collapsed Sept. 12, spurring an evacuation of a nearby medical building, WJXT reported.

No injuries have been reported from the collapse. Witnesses told CBS affiliate WJAX-TV that the third floor of the parking garage partially collapsed around 12:15 p.m. EDT. 

"The third level of the Chartrand building parking garage at Ascension St. Vincent's Riverside collapsed onto the second level," the hospital said in a statement on its Facebook page. "Representatives from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and Jacksonville Sheriff's Office conducted a thorough investigation of the parking garage, and they believe no injuries occurred."

The hospital said its cardiology and podiatry clinics located on the hospital campus will be closed until further notice. The hospital's emergency department remains open.

Some patients have expressed concern about parking in the hospital's other garages since the collapse, WJXT reported. A structural engineer was expected to visit the hospital Sept. 13 to inspect the parking garage, according to a separate report from WJXT

"The investigation is ongoing and we will provide more details at the appropriate time," the hospital said.
Editor's note: This article was updated Sept. 13 at 8:30 a.m. CT. 

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