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‘Lucky to be alive’: Edgefield building collapses onto car with woman inside

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 11:57 AM EDT
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EDGEFIELD, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Downtown Edgefield looked like an earthquake zone this week after a building collapsed, raining hundreds of bricks onto a car and injuring the occupant.

The 2012 Ford Fusion was largely crushed by the bricks between 2 and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday behind the Tillman Law Firm on Lynch Street, trapping a woman inside for a time.

Several people, including town police officers, came to her rescue. The 66-year-old Edgefield resident was taken to a hospital with injuries but had been released by about midnight, according to Police Chief Ronald Carter.

“She’s lucky to be alive,” Carter told News 12.

He said the woman just gotten into the car. If she’d been running 20 seconds later, she might not have had any protection.

Carter believes she suffered a fractured rib.

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Edgefield building collapse

A 1999 Toyota Rav 4 parked next to the sedan received less damage but still had to be towed.

Carter said the building — possibly more than a century old — had been in disrepair for years and he thinks it hadn’t had a roof for up to three decades.

Despite the bad shape of the building, the heavy bricks were solid, and very few of them broke when they fell.

Carter speculated that the heavy rain this week contributed to the collapse that led to the closure of a street, a sidewalk and the parking lot.

Police said they contacted the building’s owner, Edward Kessley Jr., and told him it needed to be secured for safety reasons.

It won’t be a problem anymore.

The rest of the building was torn down Wednesday.

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