There was chaos on Brickell Avenue this afternoon after scaffolding fell from the top of Echo condominiums, which is under construction 1451 Brickell Avenue in Downtown Miami’s Financial District.
“What we know is that at least four or five people were injured,” Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said, noting that the injuries were minor. “Some woman was driving a car that was smashed. Some people were injured as they were walking in Brickell and trying to get away.”
The woman, Aracelis Mateo, was trapped inside her car when falling debris crushed the roof and windshield. Nearby construction workers rescued her and she was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital for medical care. Officials report that her injuries and those sustained by others were non-life-threatening and minor.
Sadly, though, one gentleman died of a heart attack as he was fleeing the scene of the accident; and at least one other car was badly damaged.
“Unfortunately, a section of form work has fallen from the top of the structure onto Brickell Avenue,” Echo Brickell developer Property Markets Group (PMG) said in a statement. “We are currently working with city officials, the Fire Department and police to secure the site and to provide any and all assistance and information as needed. We are investigating the situation with our general contractor. At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with those affected. We will release further details as they become available.”
Add my condolences to the family of the gentleman who died, and my wishes for a speedy recovery to those injured. With all of the construction going on in Brickell, and the tremendous amount of vehicle and pedestrian traffic every day, I think we are tremendously fortunate that this accident was as minor and as rare as it is.