Mom-of-three cheats death as balconies collapse in Argentinian resort

2019-01-04 16:08
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CCTV footage captured the amazing moment a woman escaped death by a hair's breadth when three balconies collapsed and crashed down around her where she was walking on the pavement at a popular seaside resort in Mar Del Plata, Argentina.

The video showed the woman, only known as Romina, jump back as the balconies collapse from above and rubble falls all around her.

Romina escaped with minor ankle injuries and later revealed she had her father, who'd seen the balconies start to fall, to thank for her life.

"I was crossing the road and heard a scream from my dad that made me stop. I just remember a loud noise and rubble falling over me," she said.

"I've seen the video but it feels like I wasn't really there. I don't see myself reflected there. The truth is it still hasn't sunk in," she adds.

Romina says she'd been out with her children but had thankfully asked them to wait for her while she finished her shopping.

"It could have been even worse. The first thing that came into my head afterwards was my kids, they'd have run ahead," she said.

"If they'd come with me and run ahead into the ice cream shop, like they usually do, I hate to think what might have happened," she adds.

Sadly, a woman named Agustina Ferro (35) and her three-year-old daughter, India Luzardi, were killed in the horrific incident.

The accident was reportedly caused by part of the top-floor balcony collapsing and bringing down the balconies below it in a domino effect.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident, which happened close to the centre of the popular beachside Punta Mogotes area of the city.

Officers say administrators of the building could face charges of manslaughter.

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