Body recovered from debris 10 months after Hard Rock Hotel collapse

Workers in a bucket hoisted by a crane begin the process of preparing the two unstable cranes for implosion at the collapse site of the Hard Rock Hotel, which underwent a partial, major collapse while under construction last Sat., Oct., 12, in New Orleans, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Authorities plan to blow up the two towering construction cranes that have become unstable at the site of the collapsed hotel. They hope to bring down the cranes with series of small controlled blasts just ahead of approaching tropical weather. The mayor has imposed a state of emergency to seize property and force people out if necessary. They hope to avoid more damage to gas and power lines and historic buildings. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Crews on Monday recovered the body of a construction worker trapped in debris for more than 10 months after the collapse of a Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans.

New Orleans Fire Department Chief Tim McConnell said the remains of 63-year-old Jose Ponce Arreola were removed just before 4 p.m.

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Both McConnell and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell attended a private service honoring the remains with Arreola’s family on Monday.

The remains of another construction worker killed during the collapse was recovered earlier this month.

The remains of the third worker killed were removed the day after the partial building collapsed last Oct. 12.


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