TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – A Fishkill woman, who was shopping at the Poughkeepsie Galleria on Friday afternoon was sitting in her SUV in the parking garage when she said she heard “a loud crash and felt a big jolt” and thought her vehicle was hit. The woman jumped out and found that “huge pieces of parking garage cement ceiling” had fallen down striking the right side of her car. “My windows were blown out” and there were “dents and glass everywhere.”
The woman, who asked that her name not be used, called 911 and said Poughkeepsie Town Police, fire trucks and State Police arrived. Responding mall staff was “excellent,” she said, noting management provided her with the mall’s insurance information.
A police official Saturday said the incident was minor and occurred in a construction area were crews are refurbishing the parking garage. He suggested the incident was blown out of proportion due to memories of an incident at the mall where a portion of the parking garage caved in because of the weight of snow piled up.
He said the garage was open, except for the area where the work is being performed cordoned off.
“Safety is our highest priority at Poughkeepsie Galleria. We are aware of the incident reported on social media and are working closely and collaboratively with the Town of Poughkeepsie to ensure the safety of all of our guests,” said Marketing Director Jessica Pecchia. “At this time, portions of the area underneath our parking deck will remain closed. We thank our guests for their patience and understanding during this process.”