NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) – One person has been confirmed killed and two are still unaccounted for after a large portion of a hotel under construction in New Orleans suddenly collapsed. City officials and Louisana Governor John Bel Edwards confirmed the fatality Saturday.
Emergency workers in New Orleans are preparing to enter a partially collapsed building at the edge of the French Quart in hopes of finding two people missing since part of the building came crashing down at mid-morning. A man who had been unaccounted for turned out to have been at a local hospital. Fire Chief Tim McConnell says rescue workers hope to find the two who remain missing alive.
News outlets report construction workers ran to safety as the Hard Rock Hotel, which was under construction, came crashing down. Upper floors began to fall on top of each other before one side of the building fell to the ground below.
Authorities say 18 people were taken to a hospital for treatment. All were considered stable.
Edwards urged people to stay away from the area, which was still considered unstable. An unsupported crane was listing away from the building site.