Collapse In Hard Rock Hotel In New Orleans Leaves At Least One Dead And Three Missing

A hotel of the Hard Rock chain under construction on the edge of the historic French Quarter of New Orleans partially collapsed on Saturday, with a balance of one dead and three missing, authorities said.

Municipal officials and the governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, confirmed the death.

The building under construction is located at the corner of Rampart and Canal streets, a wide boulevard that borders the neighborhood, where restaurants, hotels and shops abound. Canal, with six lanes for traffic separated by a central sector where the trams run, separates the French Quarter from the commercial district.

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The WWL-TV broadcast the dramatic video taken by a passerby in which the upper floors collapse on each other until one side of the property falls to the street.

INCREDIBLE VIDEO: Viewer video from Michael Dalle captures the moment the construction site for the Hard Rock Hotel collapsed on Canal Street Saturday morning. No injuries reported. Stay with WWL-TV for more. pic.twitter.com/AxkbniBrZI

– WWL-TV (@WWLTV) October 12, 2019

Another video posted on social networks was filmed from one of the city's famous streetcars as it approached the building at the time of the collapse. You see a metal structure – part of the building or a construction machine – falling to the ground and people fleeing the place between clouds of dust that obscure the scene like a thick fog.

Authorities said 18 hospitalized people were stable.

When the dust settled, twisted metals, pieces of concrete and other debris appeared on Rampart Street.

The city authorities have published through social networks images that show the extent and severity of the scene that, at the moment, has not been informed, for sure, how many people were injured.

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– NOFD (@NOLAFireDept) October 12, 2019

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– NOFD (@NOLAFireDept) October 12, 2019

This is the construction of the hotel that he planned to open in the spring of 2020 with more than 300 rooms.


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