Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mall roof collapse injures at least 4 in N. Ontario, Canada

Part of the roof of a shopping mall in Elliot Lake, Ont., has collapsed, injuring at least four people and apparently sending cars crashing to a concourse below.

East Algoma OPP said they received an emergency call at 2:19 p.m. ET on Saturday. The incident occurred at the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, which is about 150 kilometres west of Sudbury.

In an interview with CBC News, Elliot Lake Mayor RIck Hamilton said four people were rushed to hospital, though none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

He was not able to confirm whether there were any fatalities.

The part of the roof that caved in served as a parking area for customers and mall staff.

Joe Drazil, a Zellers employee at the mall, said cars appeared to have fallen through a gaping hole near the escalators. more

Note: Is it just me, or is North American infrastructure and construction in severe decline? We hear about incidents such as this one almost daily now. Is this a sign of societal decay?