One body removed from the site of collapse of Hard Rock

Crews still searching for one other deceased and one missing person

Jim Hanzo
October 13, 2019 - 6:05 pm

AP

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There are new details in the deadly disaster regarding the collapse of the under-construction Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans.  

Mayor LaToya Cantrell and other city leaders revealed this afternoon that one of the deceased has been removed from the building, and Cantrell said the body is being identified by the Coroner's Office.  Search and rescue missions will continue to look for the other deceased person and the one missing person, according to New Orleans Fire Department Superintendent Tim McConnell said.

McConnell said a couple of engineers are on the scene.  Another is on the way, to take care of the crane operations into the night. 

Search and rescue teams are still not able to go beyond the sevent floor, because of a safety issue. 

"Our goal is to continue making things safe so we can continue the search deeper and deeper for rescue purposes," McConnell said. 

Authorities say two workers were killed in Saturday's collapse and another remains missing.  Almost 3 dozen others were injured.  

The area remains blocked off from pedestrian and vehicular traffic. About 100 residents have been displaced from their homes due to mandatory evacuations in a zone near the site.

McConnell is urging drivers to find alternative routes to this area as it will remained closed off for Monday morning.  At the Sunday evening update, Superintendent of Police Shaun Ferguson Canal Street will be closed from South Saratoga Street to Baronne Street. Rampart Street will be closed from Conti Street to Common Street.

The upper floors of the hotel construction site, at the corner of Canal and North Rampart streets, collapsed at about 9:10 a.m. Saturday.  112 workers on site when it collapsed.  

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