Hard Rock Hotel collapse: 1 dead, 18 injured in New Orleans today

WWL-TV shows the scene after a large portion of the Hard Rock Hotel which is under construction suddenly collapsed Oct. 12 2019 in New Orleans

A video from a vehicle, which stopped on a crossing nearby, caught the building falling apart, with the debris raising clouds of dust after hitting the pavement and people running for their lives.

During a Saturday press conference, New Orleans Fire Department Superintendent Tim McConnell said the upper six to eight floors of the building collapsed. The cause of the incident remains unclear.

The hotel was slated to open in the Spring of 2020. An additional 18 people were transported to local hospitals and are now in stable condition.

The building had been under construction for several months now.

What is left of the building is said to still be very unstable, so buildings nearby have been ordered to be evacuated as a new collapse is possible, according to the authorities.

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

The hotel is located at the corner of Canal and North Rampart Streets.

A number of building staff were working on the construction site, with the numbers still being accounted for. The company planned to build 350 hotel rooms, four meeting spaces, two ballrooms plus 62 one- and two-bedroom units available for purchase.

"This is obviously a very, very serious collapse", the governor said.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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