BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) — A section of parking ramp at the Mall of America remains closed this evening after a beam fell on a U-Haul van Friday night, killing the 52-year-old driver.
A 45-year-old woman and the man’s 12-year-old daughter were also in the vehicle. They’re expected to be OK.READ MORE: Minnesota Parents Want More School COVID Protocols As Cases Spike
The incident occurred on the north side of the west parking ramp near Nordstrom’s. Police say the U-Haul hit an overhead beam, causing it to fall.READ MORE: ATF Offers $5,000 Reward For Info Leading To Minneapolis Church Arsonist
Anthony Stands tried to rescue the driver.
“I went back to him, to see if I could go through the back, and open the back and try to pull the wooden pieces off the back, but the security guard told me I have to leave,” Stands said.MORE NEWS: Public’s Help Requested After Car Stolen With 5-Month-Old Dog Inside; Both May Be In St. Paul Area
The missing beam does not affect the structural integrity of the ramp. But engineers did survey the area. They were concerned that the beam could have done damage when it hit the pavement.