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Four Dead, One Missing After Collapse of Crane in Kelowna, B.C.

Brittany Jordan

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A worker looks on as a police officer investigates a collapsed crane resting on the building it damaged in Kelowna, B.C., on July 12, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Alistair Waters)

KELOWNA, B.C.—The Mounties say four people were killed and a fifth person is missing after a crane collapsed in Kelowna, B.C.

Insp. Adam MacIntosh says four people at the site, all construction workers, were killed when the crane toppled off the 25-storey building on Monday.

He says a fifth man who was working in an adjacent building is missing.

The upper portion of the crane smashed into a neighbouring building, leaving most of its support tower attached.

The head of the development company building the residential tower said Monday he didn’t know what caused the crane to fall.

Jonathan Friesen of the Mission Group said the company’s staff and subtrades were in a state of shock and grief counselling had been offered to anyone who needed it.

The collapse knocked out power for most of Kelowna’s downtown core and forced an evacuation of the area as the city declared an ongoing state of local emergency.

 

Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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