UPDATE: Berwick building collapse injures four

Courtesy of the Luzerne County Fire Companies Facebook page.

UPDATE: We’re told at least 4 people were injured just before 3:00 Wednesday afternoon when the top potion of a three-story building came tumbling down onto at least two occupied cars in downtown Berwick.

Debris from the building landed on top of two cars that were in the turning lane of the one way street.

We are still unable to report the names and ages of those involved... or how serious their injuries were.

However, we know several people were taken to the hospital.

We’re also told there may be more injuries from those walking by or passengers in cars in the vicinity.

Even hours after the collapse spectators stood behind yellow tape to get a first hand look at the scene.

“I’m shocked. I’m hoping that whoever was hurt that they’re ok and everything goes well. But, this is shocking. It’s a very busy road here on this side," Kim Rossman, of Berwick, said.

“When I came over it was like 3:00 and the cars looked like pancakes and i was so worried that somebody got hurt really bad in one of those cars," Lori Shultz added.

The collapse also caused a bit of a traffic jam around the borough during rush as several streets downtown were closed for several hours as crews worked the scene.

Crews plan to demolish a portion of the building.

That was supposed to take place late Wednesday evening, however we were told there’s been a delay.

The crane is now scheduled to arrive sometime Thursday morning to begin taking down a portion of the building.

In the meantime East Market Street is closed in this area and will remain closed for some time.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Crews responded Wednesday afternoon in Berwick to a collapsed building.

Fire officials say it happened around 2:50 p.m. on East 2nd Street.

The building reportedly collapsed on two occupied cars in the turning lane towards Nescopeck Borough.

According to officials, one individual sustained serious injuries and two others suffered minor injuries. All victims were taken to local hospitals.

There is no word yet on what caused the collapse.

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