A mom and son see U-Haul building collapse Tuesday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A mom and her son were on the way to a doctor’s appointment when they say U-Haul on Leestown Rd. in Lexington collapsed.

According to Lexington Fire Department there were less than five employees inside because the building was relatively new to U-haul. Battalion Chief Jordan Saas said one was hurt when it fell around 2 p.m.

After checking her call history for the 9-1-1 call she made, Michele Johnson says the building crashed down at exactly 2:09 p.m.

She says her son, Jon, saw it first, because she was on the phone while she was at the red light about to turn onto Leestown Rd. from Citation Rd.

“I heard him scream,” Johnson said.

She said at first she was irritated, not realizing the cause of the scream.

“I said ‘what?’ and he goes ‘The Building!’ So I looked and saw the rest of the building cave in,” Michele said.

Crews shut down utilities and blocked off Leestown Rd. for about two hours in case of a second collapse.

A demolition contractor came and safely removed fly away siding from the building.

Johnson said it was a first for her son, to see a huge warehouse fall.

She said there’s more to the story.

Jon has Asperger’s Syndrome, which makes him a quiet person.

Michele says seeing her son speak up about the collapse was the highlight of her day.

“I was really proud of him that he opened his mouth and said look what happened, call 9-1-1 because typically he leaves everything inside,” Johnson said.

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