Date set to remove bodies of construction workers trapped inside Hard Rock Hotel collapse site


FILE – This Oct. 12, 2019, file photo, shows damage of a partial collapse at the Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans. Dozens of protesters marched from the site of the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel on the edge of the French Quarter to City Hall on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 demanding that something be done about the hotel and that the two bodies still inside be recovered. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) —The City of New Orleans said demolition at the site of the collapsed Hard Rock Hotel is on schedule.

The city has set a date to remove the bodies of the remaining construction workers that have been trapped inside the rubble since October 12.

According to the city, the recovery mission is set to begin July 13.

The city said it could take four to five days to remove the bodies of 63-year-old Jose Ponce Arreola and 36-year-old Quinnyon Wimberly.

The city also said the demolition process is on schedule.

“We are seeing steady progress,” said Michael Tidwell, the City of New Orleans communications director. “The red zone buildings have all been removed. The debris has been cleared away. There’s now a second crane, so hopefully shortly.”

Anthony Magrette, 49, also died in the collapse. His body was removed the day after the collapse.

By: Jennifer Crockett

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