VIDEO: Part of Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans Suddenly Collapses, Killing One
Part of the Hard Rock Hotel just outside New Orleans’ historic French Quarter collapsed on Saturday, leaving one person dead and three missing. Top floors of the hotel, which were under construction, suddenly came crashing down on themselves, causing a crane to fall and leaving another 270-foot crane standing, but unsupported. Videos of the incident showed huge clouds of dust billowing up after one side of the building completely collapsed, leaving a thick fog. Construction workers reportedly ran to safety and 18 people were taken to a nearby hospital, but all are considered stable, according to authorities. Nearby buildings were evacuated, and people have been urged to stay away from the area, as the standing crane is still unstable and looming over the site. It is unclear how the remaining crane will affect the search and rescue operation for the three remaining victims.