Kelowna RCMP said the Bernard Avenue / St. Paul St / Doyle Ave / Bertram Street is now closed to the public until further notice. The area was evacuated.
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“If you are in this area, please leave as soon as possible in a safe manner,” said Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy in an emailed statement.
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“Please stay away from this area for now. “
The building where the incident took place is called Brooklyn in Bernard Block.
BC Emergency Health Services (BC EHS) said twelve ground ambulances had been dispatched to the scene, including two intensive care teams.
“It is not known how many patients, but there are reports of several people injured,” spokeswoman Shannon Miller said in an email.
“Two patients were taken to hospital at that time; A stable patient with minor injuries and a patient in critical condition.
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Witnesses said the massive crane collapsed around 11:00 a.m. Video from the scene shows extensive damage to an adjacent building and at least one vehicle.
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Authorities are asking motorists to stay away from the city center as emergency responders deal with “the major industrial incident”.
Electricity has been cut off in much of the city center and traffic is diverted, police said.
Dan Blocka, a part-time Kelowna resident, said he saw the crane fall.
“I just got on the bus at the Queensway coach station to go to UBC and when I sat down looking east a large part of a crane just tipped north from Bernard to the north” , he told Global News.
“I was in shock when I looked up and saw this thing fall. “
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WorksafeBC says its prevention and investigation teams are responding to the incident.
“The purpose of our investigation is to identify the cause of the incident, including contributing factors, so that similar incidents can be avoided in the future,” the agency said in an email.
The City of Kelowna said it could not provide any information at this time.
“It’s a changing situation,” city spokesman Tom Wilson said.