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New Jersey Personal Injury NewsOctober 30, 2003

"New Jersey Parking Structure Collapse"
Part of a $225 million Atlantic City expansion project collapses leaving four dead

At about 10:40 a.m. (PST), workers were pouring concrete on one of the top floors of the multi-level parking garage, part of a two-year, $225 million Tropicana expansion project, when it collapsed. The section of the 2,400-space part of the parking garage that collapsed left five layers of concrete and steel sloped down, trapping construction workers within the rubble.

The property is owned by the Tropicana Casino and Resort and had a March 2004 completion date planned in order to give people an entertainment alternative to gambling. Instead, officials report four people are dead and one person is still missing. The parking structure collapse was described as, "an extraordinarily difficult circumstance" by New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey after a state urban search and rescue task force had to pull back because of the potential for a second collapse.

The rescue efforts have been postponed until Friday morning for safety reasons. Completion of the project will make Tropicana the largest hotel, third-largest casino, and only indoor dining and entertainment complex in the city.

Please contact us for more information on the New Jersey parking structure collapse.

September 18, 2003

"New Jersey Bus Crash Leaves 17 Injured"

A car making an improper turn struck a bus that was returning to a center for mentally disabled persons Wednesday afternoon, injuring at least 17 persons, one seriously, according to authorities. The bus was on its way back to the Hunterdon Development Center in Clinton, New Jersey, when it was struck by the car.

At the time of the collision, the bus was carrying 12 residents of the center, eight staff members and the driver. Two persons remained hospitalized Wednesday night, according to Pam Ronan, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of Human Services. A staff member from the center was in serious condition after being taken by helicopter to a local hospital, while a resident of the center was in good condition at another hospital.

According to bus driver Samuel Lavalva, the bus was returning from a day trip to the Hudson River when it was struck by a car turning out of a side street. “The bus turned over. The door had opened and I fell out. There was a lot of screaming,” Lavalva said. “I was afraid to look in the bus. I immediately tried to get as many people out of the bus.”

No charges had been filed in the accident as of Wednesday night.

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