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One dead, 3 missing after hotel collapse

A person has died, three are missing and 18 people have been injured after the upper floors of a hotel collapsed in New Orleans.

A Hard Rock Hotel under construction at the edge of New Orleans’ historic French Quarter collapsed on Saturday morning local time, leaving at least one person dead and three unaccounted for, authorities said.

City officials and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed the death. 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.

One dead, 3 missing after hotel collapse

Dramatic footage posted on Twitter shows the moment the hotel collapsed.Source:Twitter

Canal, which carries six lanes of traffic divided by a wide median strip where iconic New Orleans streetcars roll by, separates the Quarter from the city’s main business district.

One person was confirmed killed, 18 injured and three believed missing after a large portion of the hotel suddenly collapsed.

Workers are helped after a large portion of a hotel under construction suddenly collapsed in New Orleans, killing one. Picture: Scott Threlkeld/The AdvocateSource:AP

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

Upper floors began to fall on top of each other before one side of the building fell to the ground below.

WWL-TV aired and tweeted a viewer’s dramatic video of the collapse, showing upper floors falling on top of each other before one side of the building toppled to the ground.

Another video on social media was taken by someone aboard one of the city’s famous streetcars as it approached the site while the building was collapsing.

It showed what looked like a metal structure — part of the building or a piece of construction equipment — tumbling to the ground and people running from the scene as clouds of dust billowed up and around the streetcar, obscuring the view like a thick fog.

Authorities say 18 people were taken to a hospital for treatment. All were considered stable.

Upper floors began to fall on top of each other before one side of the building fell to the ground below. Picture: WWL-TV/APSource:AP

Construction workers look on after a large portion of a hotel under construction for several months suddenly came crashing down. Picture: Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate/APSource:AP

Workers are helped after a large portion of a hotel under construction suddenly collapsed in New Orleans. Picture: Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate/APSource:AP

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Authorities say 18 people were taken to a hospital for treatment. All were considered stable.

Gov. Edwards urged people to stay away from the area, which was still considered unstable.

An unsupported crane was listing away from the building site although it is yet to be stated by authorities what exactly caused the collapse.

Debris hangs on the side of the building after a large portion of a hotel under construction in New Orleans’ iconic French Quarter. Picture: David Grunfeld/The Advocate/APSource:AP

As dust settled following the morning collapse, twisted metal, concrete pilings and other wreckage covered part of Rampart Street.

The 82.3 metre construction crane still looming over the site is considered unstable.

It was not immediately clear how that would affect search and rescue efforts. A drone was flown over the site to help authorities assess the situation.

“It was a deep rumbling sound,” Matt Worges, who saw the collapse from a nearby building, told The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate. “Like an aeroplane maybe. It drew my head immediately.”

A rescue worker, left, and a firefighter look up at the damaged building. An unstable crane over 80-metres tall is looming over the site and hampering rescue efforts. Picture: APSource:AP

“I heard a huge noise and thought it was a plane crashing. Then, the hostel shook,” guest Sue Hurley, 68, told The Associated Press. She said she was reminded of news accounts of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

Another hostel guest, Michael Arbeiter, 30, from Munich, Germany, said he was just getting out of the shower when the room shook.

“I’m not sure what happened but they told us to get out of here,” he said. “I’m supposed to stay until Monday. Thank God it was not another 9-11.”

The hotel was scheduled to open some time in the first quarter of 2020.

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