Hard Rock Hotel Collapses in Downtown New Orleans, Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS, LA. – According to an online news report published by foxnews.com, a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino that was currently under construction in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana, collapsed. The report indicates that two people were tragically killed in the accident, and multiple people were injured.*
The mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, reported that more than 20 people were injured during the incident, and one person was unaccounted for at the time. Cantrell said officials had not identified the two people who died or the missing person. Officials said that the victims could not be removed from the rubble until cranes had been transported to the city to lift up the collapsed sections of the structure.
New Orleans Fire Department Chief Timothy McConnell said that the emergency call about the collapse reached first responders shortly after 9 a.m. He reported that the bottom six floors of the hotel had fallen, and the remainder of the building was extremely precarious. He indicated that debris continued to fall every few minutes while responders were trying to work in the area, saying that the situation remained “very fluid and dangerous.”
The news report indicates that numerous people drove themselves to hospitals, and they were all in stable condition at last update. Many of the injured persons had been discharged from treatment, according to EMS Director Dr. Emily Nichols. McConnell indicated that the surrounding buildings were evacuated as a precaution as crews worked to stabilize the crane at the site.
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino was scheduled to open its doors in early or mid-2020 on the corner of Rampart Street and Canal Street. It was planned to have 350 hotel rooms and condos. The cause of the collapse is not yet known, and the plans for continued construction have not been announced.
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