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Florida Garage Collapse: Third Victim Dies as Hope Dims for Trapped Man

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(DORAL, Fla.) -- A third victim of a South Florida parking garage collapse died early Thursday as rescue workers continue to comb the rubble in what is now being called a recovery effort for a final victim at the Miami-Dade college campus.

Part of the under-construction parking garage in Doral, Fla., collapsed around 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, initially killing two and injuring at least seven, all of them contractors.  Juan Samuel, the third victim, was pulled from the rubble early Thursday in a dramatic rescue, but died at a Miami trauma center, police spokesman Javier Baez said.

Police are now doubtful they will find a final missing construction worker alive after an intensive overnight search.

Miami Dade Police officials told ABC News their mission has shifted from search and rescue to recovery.

Overnight, rescuers pulled construction worker Samuel from the pancaked layers of the parking garage, after he spent 12 hours buried beneath five floors of collapsed concrete.  He was found buried waist-deep inside his truck, and workers were forced to amputate his legs to remove him, authorities said.

Searchers at the garage at Miami-Dade Community College's west campus worked feverishly overnight, delicately picking through the rubble in a race to find the last missing person, Robert Budhoo, an electrical contractor whose family says has still not answered his phone.

"He's the best dad in the world," his daughter Tasha Bagwandeen said through tears.  "We need you guys to find him, please."

Hours earlier on Wednesday, firefighters squeezed between steel beams to save another man who had also been pinned.  Police say at least 12 contractors were working on the new garage at the college when it collapsed around noon Wednesday.

No students were injured in collapse.  The college's campus will stay closed for the remainder of the week.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the collapse of the partially-finished structure.

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Two Dead, Seven Injured in Miami Parking Garage Collapse

WPLG-TV / ABC NewsUPDATE: A second worker has been pronounced dead and one person is still trapped alive in the rubble. According to WPLG-TV, four people were treated at a nearby hospital. One is reportedly in critical condition. Three workers were treated at the scene and released.

(DORAL, Fla.) – One person is dead and eight are injured after a parking garage at Miami Dade College collapsed Wednesday. One person is believed to still be trapped alive in the wreckage.

The four-story garage was under construction when the levels collapsed on one another, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Capt. Louie Fernandez, who described the wreckage as the largest he’d ever seen. All of the victims were employees of the construction company overseeing the project.

Emergency rescue teams are working to free the trapped employee from the rubble. Fernandez told ABC News, “Our job with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is to continue working with the one person that we know that's still live and trapped beneath the debris. It's gonna be a long, tedious effort.”

According to The Reporter, Miami-Dade College’s student paper, construction on the $24 million garage began in February 2012 and was slated for completion in December.

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