Saturday, October 12, 2019
Several construction workers had to run to safety on Saturday morning as a large portion of the Hard Rock Hotel, which has been under construction for the last several months, came crashing down suddenly. It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse or if anyone was injured. Eyewitness video provided to WWL-TV shows the moment collapse began around 9 a.m. Upper floors began to fall on top of each other before the Basin Street side of the building fell to the ground below. Two large cranes, being used to construct the building, could be seen swaying after the collapse. Another eyewitness video showed other workers on upper floors climb down ladders to try to get to safety after the collapse stopped. On the ground, officials pushed a gathering crowd back from the site, and Gov. John Bel Edwards was reportedly on his way to the scene, which was littered with debris, including concrete and mangled steel.
The Hard Rock Hotel was planned as an 18-story building with 350 rooms that would've also had 62 condominiums. It was initially set to open this spring.
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