“I’m not sure what happened, but they told us to get out of here. Thank God it was not another 9/11.” – Michael Arbeiter [#ThankGod #HardRockHotel #NewOrleansLouisiana]
[October 12, 2019]
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
A large section of a Hard Rock Hotel under construction beside New Orleans’ historic French Quarter in Louisiana collapsed Saturday, October 12, 2019 amid blinding dust and flying debris, killing 2 people and injuring more than 20. Rescue workers searched the largely unstable building for one person still unaccounted for.
Nearby buildings were evacuated. A 270-foot construction crane — 1 of 2 still looming over the multistory building — also was dangerously unstable according to fire officials. The hunt for the missing was suspended at nightfall over safety concerns. According to the project contractor its representatives would work “throughout the night” with emergency officials on a plan to stabilize the building.
“I heard a huge noise and thought it was a plane crashing.”
– Sue Hurley, a 68-year-old guest at a hostel across the street that shuddered with the force of the collapse.
Hurley was reminded of news accounts of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“I’m not sure what happened, but they told us to get out of here. Thank God it was not another 9/11.”
– Michael Arbeiter, 30, from Munich, Germany, a hostel guest who said he was just getting out of the shower when his room shook.
18 people were taken to the hospital and several others went to the hospital on their own. None of their injuries was believed to be life threatening.
1 Dead, 2 Missing After Hard Rock Hotel Collapse in New Orleans