Large part of Hard Rock Hotel construction site collapses in New Orleans

WWL-TV shows the scene after a large portion of the Hard Rock Hotel which is under construction suddenly collapsed Oct. 12 2019 in New Orleans

Fire and police departments arrived at the scene, with authorities confirming to nola.com that there were multiple casualties, with three people still missing.

During a press conference, officials said that the building is still unstable and that a "further collapse is still possible".

Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed the fatality to reporters near the scene, saying there were several people unaccounted for.

Authorities say 18 people were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Injuries were reported after the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino under construction in New Orleans partially collapses.

According to nola.com, a rescue mission is now underway at the hotel and an urban search and rescue team are sweeping the building for the three missing workers "despite fear of an additional crane collapse".

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"It's still a very risky situation", he said. It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse or if anyone was injured.

News outlets report construction workers ran to safety as the Hard Rock Hotel, which was under construction, came crashing down.

Several city blocks surrounding the area of Canal and Rampart streets have been closed because a crane attached to the building is unstable and could also collapse, said Duplessis.

"Please avoid the area & listen to public safety officials", the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security said on Twitter.

Firefighters evacuated construction workers inside the hotel after the "upper six to eight" floors collapsed, McConnell said.

Plans for the mixed use development project were first unveiled in February 2018.

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