A development company in Kelowna, British Columbia, said there was a “catastrophic outage” Monday morning when a crane collapsed on one of its sites, injuring at least three people.
Mission Group said the collapse occurred around 10:45 a.m. PT in the downtown Brooklyn building on Bernard Street.
Rescuers were called to the scene and the building was evacuated.
British Columbia Emergency Health Services say three patients have been taken to hospital so far, with various injuries – one was stable with minor injuries, another was in serious condition and the third went to the hospital in critical condition.
Twelve paramedical units from Kelowna are on the scene, including two intensive care teams.
“Mission Group expresses its deepest sympathy to the families of those affected by this tragedy. We have set up support services to help those in need, ”a spokesperson said in a statement.
Police established a four-block perimeter and evacuated the area around St. Paul Street, Doyle Avenue, Bertram Street and Bernard Avenue, asking residents and drivers to stay away. the gap.
The collapse interrupted power
According to police, electricity has been cut off in much of the city center and traffic is diverted from the area.
Kelowna resident Krista Roessing was driving near the construction site when the crane fell.
“It looked like the crane was moving, but I realized it wasn’t moving as it was working, it was going down,” she said.
She called 911 as people came from all directions to help. Roessing said construction workers began asking people to move away from the area and emergency crews arrived within minutes.
“It’s shocking,” she said. “It’s quite difficult to deal with. “
Anna Jacyszyn, who works at a nearby clothing store, was looking out the window when she saw a “huge puff of dust” on the construction site.
Moments later, emergency services began to arrive.
“I was just praying and crying because the emotions you get when you know someone might be hurt are pretty drastic,” she said.
Her husband works in construction at another site and she said that made the collapse more personal.
Local state of emergency
An evacuation order has been issued for several addresses in the area and an emergency operations center has been set up. Evacuees are urged to report to The Salvation Army at 1480 Sutherland Ave., and anyone looking for a person who may be injured or who is missing should visit the Parkison Recreation Center at 1700 Parkinson Way .
Residents will not be able to return to their homes or places of work while the order is in place.
A state of emergency has also been declared for the city for the next seven days.