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Missing worker search goes on in New Orleans hotel collapse

Two others killed in collapse
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Posted at 11:17 AM, Oct 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-13 14:07:12-04

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Officials in New Orleans say they are continuing to look for one person missing in the rubble of a hotel that collapsed while under construction.

Fire Chief Tim McConnell said Sunday that crews are assembling a 220,000-pound (99,800-kilogram) crane driven into the city overnight to begin the delicate process of removing the debris at the Hard Rock Hotel project near New Orleans' historic French Quarter.

McConnell says his crews are still approaching this as a rescue mission. But he says the building is so unstable they have to be careful not to endanger any rescuers.

The bodies of the two people killed haven't been recovered.

New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell issued another statement on Sunday about the processes ongoing at the collapse site:

Search and rescue continues to remain our top priority at this time. We want people to heed all traffic precautions that we have put out as we stabilize this area. This is going to be a long process, and we just want people to pay attention to any advisories that come from the Mayor’s Office of Communications.

Those looking for updates can follow @nolaready on Twitter.

Video was shared to several media outlets showing the moments that the building collapsed.

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