Yonkers, NY – Five people were injured after a construction compact track loader fell through the roof of the National Wholesale Liquidators store on Central Park Avenue, Wednesday, with the Yonkers Fire Department calling it a “major roof collapse.”
According to Fire officials, the exact cause of the accident is unknown at this time. Construction crews were repairing a parking lot above the store just before noon when the concrete below suddenly gave way, dropping the machine – along with its operator and a passenger – nearly 30 feet into the store below. It also brought a massive portion of the roof along with it.
There was a huge hole nearly 30 feet by 40 feet, and with dozens of people inside at the time of the accident. Officials say it’s amazing more people weren’t seriously hurt.
The two people on the machine and three people below were injured.
Customers in the store said it sounded like “an earthquake” when the machine crashed through the roof, with black water coming down.
Engineering crews are now trying to devise a plan where they can carefully remove the remaining debris inside the store, but they warn it could take an extended period of time.
A representative from National Wholesale Liquidators said employees could be relocated to other stores while the repairs are done.
No timetable was available for when the store might be back in business.
The mall was shuttered into the afternoon after the fire department cut gas and electric service to the entire property.
Utilities were restored to the mall, and it reopened later in the day.
NOTE TO READERS: After it was brought to our attention by the Bobcat Company, SUN News changed the name “Bobcat” to “construction compact track loader”. We apologize for any inconvenience in the use of the name.