Two killed in Hard Rock Hotel collapse in New Orleans

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Two killed in Hard Rock Hotel collapse in New Orleans

Two construction workers have died and up to 30 other people injured when an under construction Hard Rock Hotel collapsed in New Orleans, USA, on 12 October.

Authorities say 18 people were taken to hospital for treatment. All are considered stable.

It was not immediately clear what caused the incident.

“After search and rescue, there will be a shift into a full-investigative mode and we will be relentless in those efforts moving forward,” City Mayor LaToya Cantrell said.

Louisiana-based Citadel Builders has been identified as the general contractor on the Hard Rock Hotel construction project. The 18-story, 350-room hotel was scheduled to open in 2020.

Officials said it appeared the collapse initially affected the sixth to eighth floors before damage spread throughout a large portion of the building.

Hard Rock International said in a statement the company had “no involvement in the construction of the project” but extended its “deepest sympathies to victims of this tragic accident and to their loved ones and friends.”

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