NEW ORLEANS – UPDATE: Officials say one person is dead and 18 people are injured after the New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel construction site collapsed.
City officials and Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed the fatality Saturday.
News outlets report construction workers ran to safety as the Hard Rock Hotel, which was under construction, came crashing down. Upper floors began to fall on top of each other before one side of the building fell to the ground below.
Authorities say 18 people were taken to a hospital for treatment. All were considered stable.
Edwards urged people to stay away from the area, which was still considered unstable. An unsupported crane was listing away from the building site.
A massive collapse at the Hard Rock Hotel construction site on the corner of Iberville and North Rampart Streets dumped debris across the road and prompted evacuations at nearby buildings.
The collapse occurred around 9:30 a.m.
Buildings surrounding the collapse were evacuated, and shocked people spilled onto the road as NOPD officers worked to secure the scene.
Workers on the scene told Wild Bill Wood that people were trapped inside, but officials have yet to confirm that.