1 dead, 3 missing after hotel collapse in New Orleans

WWL-TV shows the scene after a large portion of the Hard Rock Hotel which is under construction suddenly collapsed Oct. 12 2019 in New Orleans

WWL-TV shows the scene after a large portion of the Hard Rock Hotel which is under construction suddenly collapsed Oct. 12 2019 in New Orleans

At least one person was killed and several others injured after a crane collapsed at the under-construction Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, officials said.

"It was a deep rumbling sound", Matt Worges, who saw the collapse from a nearby building, told The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate.

A second piece of the building fell around 10:45 a.m. He said the building was still unstable, but firefighters rescued several people from inside.

Three people were reported missing.

EMS Director Emily Nichols said the victims taken to the hospital were "all stable at this time".

A number of building staff were working on the construction site, with the numbers still being accounted for.

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

This photo provided by WWL-TV shows the scene after a large portion of the Hard Rock Hotel, which is under construction, suddenly collapsed October 12, 2019, in New Orleans. The facility was also set to be opened in Spring 2020. The company planned to build 350 hotel rooms, four meeting spaces, two ballrooms plus 62 one- and two-bedroom units available for purchase.

The hotel's development had been part of a local "renaissance" of new projects coming to the area, according to the FOX 8 report.

The building was under construction at the corner of Rampart Street and Canal Street, a broad boulevard just outside the Quarter, lined with restaurants hotels and retailers.

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