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  • Courtesy WWL-TV via Associated Press: This photo provided by WWL-TV shows several construction standing after a large portion of the Hard Rock Hotel, under construction, suddenly collapsed Saturday in New Orleans.

Saturday, October 12, 2019 12:10 pm

1 dead, 3 missing after hotel collapse in New Orleans

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- One person has been confirmed killed and three are unaccounted for after a large portion of a hotel under construction in New Orleans suddenly collapsed.

City officials and Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed the fatality Saturday.

News outlets reported 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.

WWL-TV aired and tweeted a viewer's dramatic video of the collapse.

Authorities said 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.