A large portion of the Hard Rock hotel under construction on Canal Street in New Orleans has suddenly collapsed. Local New Orleans media outlet WWL-TV is reporting 1 dead, 3 missing and 18 injured in the incident.
Several construction workers reportedly had to run to safety as upper floors began to fall on top of each other before one side of the building fell to the street.
City officials have closed a large area and are evacuating other buildings near Canal and North Rampart streets because of concerns that more of the Hard Rock, which was still under construction, could fall.
The collapse happened about 9:12 a.m.
Eyewitness video provided to WWL-TV shows the top floors begin to collapse on top of one another before the wall on North Rampart Street of crumbled to the ground below. Workers could be seen in the video running to safety on Rampart as the collapse happened.
“It is still very unstable,” New Orleans Fire Department Superintendent Tim McConnell told WWL-TV
Rampart Street was littered with building debris, including concrete and mangled steel. One man in a safety vest sat on the curb and appeared to be holding the side of his head in pain.
The Hard Rock Hotel was planned as an 18-story building with 350 hotel rooms and 62 condominiums. It was initially set to open this in the spring of 2020.
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