A Hard Rock Hotel that was under construction collapsed this weekend, leaving at least 1 dead and several others injured.
The implosion happened Saturday morning in New Orleans, when the upper deck of the hotel started to crumble in on itself … apparently, after a crane fell from up above. The rubble slid off the side of the building in crazy video captured by onlookers in the street.
NOLA officials say at least 1 person is confirmed deceased while at least 18 others were injured and sent to the hospital. The city’s fire chief says at least 3 people are unaccounted for — all of whom are reportedly contractors who were working on-site.
Another hanging crane is said to be unstable at the moment, and more of the building could collapse — so police and the fire department have cleared neighboring streets and evacuated surrounding buildings. A search-and-rescue operation is currently underway.
It’s unclear what exactly caused the building to cave — doesn’t sound like the construction site was all that safe to begin with. Even crazier was the footage caught from the ground as debris and dust filled the roads … eerily similar to the scene on 9/11.
One last wild fact about this — per local reports, a number of the hotel rooms and units in the hotel were up for sale. The facility was also set to be opened in Spring 2020.