The New York Times reports that several people were killed when a construction crane collapsed at the site of a Canadian building site on Monday, July 12, 2021.
According to a statement released by Kelowna Police, the accident happened at approximately 11:00 a.m. as the construction crane was being dismantled at the site of a 25-story condominium project. Portions of the boom of the crane fell from the central crane tower and onto people and buildings below. Local authorities evacuated the occupants in several buildings in the downtown area. Several buildings in the downtown area were also without power immediately following the crane’s collapse.
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Inspector Adam McIntosh with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told reporters that there were several confirmed fatalities. Inspector McIntosh stopped short of specifying just how many people were killed. At the time of the accident, there were approximately 100 workers at the construction site.
Johnathan Friesen, Chief Executive of the Mission Group, the real estate firm developing the condominium project, told members of the press that all of those killed in the tragic accident were contractors or subcontractors.
One additional person allegedly on the construction site but not attached to either the Mission Group or their contractors and subcontractors has also been reported missing.
The Mission Group said that it would fully cooperate with all local, provincial, and federal investigators in determining the cause of the tragic accident.