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Remains of worker trapped in Hard Rock Hotel removed nearly 10 months after collapse

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Posted at 11:48 AM, Aug 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-08 13:29:06-04

The body of a construction worker killed in the Hard Rock Hotel collapse last October has been removed, nearly ten months after the collapse.

Our media partners at The Advocate report that crews successfully removed the body of Quinnyon Wimberly on Saturday morning. Wimberly was one of two workers whose remains were trapped in the collapsed hotel.

Wimberly's family arrived shortly before his body was recovered at 10:45 this morning. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and New Orleans Fire Department Chief Tim McConnell stood near the family.

36-year-old Wimberly and 63-year-old Jose Ponce Arreola were trapped in the upper floors of the building since it collapsed on October 12. Crews have not yet reached the area where they expect to find the body of Arreola, according to The Advocate.

Crews expected to begin the retrieval of the bodies weeks ago, but recent storms and equipment issues prompted delays.

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