Hotel under construction in New Orleans collapses

Hotel under construction in New Orleans collapses

A large portion of a Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans collapsed Saturday morning, killing one person and injuring 19 others, authorities said.

Dr. Emily Nichols, the Director of New Orlean's Emergency Medical Services, told reporters that EMS offered to transport 19 people to the hospital; 18 accepted and were transported and one refused. All the people injured in the incident had been working on the project.

A second piece of the building fell around 10:45 a.m.

McConnell urged the public to avoid the area and said another collapse was "absolutely" possible because of how unstable the building is.

Fire and police departments arrived at the scene, with authorities confirming to nola.com that there were multiple casualties, with three people still missing. Nearby buildings have been evacuated.

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He called the situation "very dangerous" since the crane, which weighs tons, is not supported.

"It's still a very unsafe situation", he said.

News outlets report construction workers had to run to safety as the Hard Rock Hotel, which was under construction, came crashing down.

The Canal Street construction of the hotel in downtown New Orleans was announced in February 2018.

The Hard Rock Hotel was expected to open in the spring and was to be an 18-story building with 350 rooms. The rubble slid off the side of the building in insane video captured by onlookers in the street.

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