4 people died and another was presumed dead after a crane collapsed in Kelowna, British Columbia
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said that on Monday, a crane at a construction site in Kelowna, BC collapsed, killing four men. The fifth man was buried in the rubble and is presumably dead.
The police confirmed the death toll at a press conference on Tuesday.
“Yesterday was a tragic day,” the RCMP inspector said. Adam Mackintosh. “I can see all the workers standing there, knowing that they have just lost some of their friends and colleagues, and seeing their family members, what they are dealing with, I can only imagine what they are going through.”
At around 10:45 a.m. Pacific time on Monday, a crane collapsed at the Brooklyn Building on Bernard Street in downtown Kelowna. The building is under construction, and MacIntosh said that when a “catastrophic” event occurred, workers were preparing to dismantle the crane.
Huang Gang fell into the office building and a nursing home next door.
Mackintosh said the four men who were confirmed dead were subcontractors working at the scene, and one of them is believed to be an operator of the crane.
The fifth man who is believed to have died worked in the office building next door and has nothing to do with the construction project.
The RCMP said officials will work to recover the man’s body on Tuesday.
Medical staff sent three patients with different injuries to the hospital.
Dorothy Bielecki felt the effects of the collapse in her law firm facing St. Paul Street, just around the corner of the collapse. She and her colleague rushed outside and saw the crane collapse and a worker “shaking” on the steel.
“After the crane collapsed, a worker climbed over one of them [crane] Fragments of the building under construction,” Biletski recalled. “Based on my observations, he arrived there safely, but I don’t know what happened to him afterwards. “
Developer Mission Group stated that the people who died in the collapse were subcontractors.
The RCMP stated that the four blocks around St. Paul Street, Doyle Avenue, Bertram Street and Bernard Avenue will remain blocked until the end of the investigation. The public has been asked to stay away from the area, which is still being officially evacuated.
The city declared a state of emergency, which will last for six days.
Evacuees are required to go to the Salvation Army at 1480 Sutherland Ave., and anyone looking for someone who may be injured or missing should go to the Parkinson Recreation Center at 1700 Parkinson Way.